verb (used with or without object), pec·u·lat·ed, pec·u·lat·ing.
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
Word Origin for peculate
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property," originally "cattle" (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.