- to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one's care); embezzle.
Origin of peculate
Examples from the Web for peculator
Historical Examples of peculator
The man who was not a sinecurist or a peculator was pretty sure to be a profligate or a gambler.Modern Leaders: Being a Series of Biographical Sketches
As Finlay points out in his thoughtful history of Greece, Belisarius must have been a peculator on a large and dangerous scale.Gibbon
James Cotter Morison
The Emperor had understood perfectly that his information was correct and that the principal inspector was a peculator.The Death of the Gods
- to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
Word Origin for peculate
Word Origin and History for peculator
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.