Peculating
Peculate Pec"u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Peculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peculating}.] [L. peculatus, p. p. of peculari to peculate, akin to peculium private property. See {Peculiar}.] To appropriate to one's own use the property of the public; to steal public moneys intrusted to one's care; to embezzle. [1913 Webster]

An oppressive, . . . rapacious, and peculating despotism. --Burke. [1913 Webster]


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  • peculating — pec·u·late || pekjÉ™leɪt / jÊŠ v. embezzle, steal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Peculate — Pec u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Peculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peculating}.] [L. peculatus, p. p. of peculari to peculate, akin to peculium private property. See {Peculiar}.] To appropriate to one s own use the property of the public; to steal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peculated — Peculate Pec u*late, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Peculated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peculating}.] [L. peculatus, p. p. of peculari to peculate, akin to peculium private property. See {Peculiar}.] To appropriate to one s own use the property of the public; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peculation — Pec u*la tion, n. The act or practice of peculating, or of defrauding the public by appropriating to one s own use the money or goods intrusted to one s care for management or disbursement; embezzlement. [1913 Webster] Every British subject …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peculate — peculation, n. peculator, n. /pek yeuh layt /, v.t., v.i., peculated, peculating. to steal or take dishonestly (money, esp. public funds, or property entrusted to one s care); embezzle. [1740 50; v. use of peculate embezzlement (now obs.) < L… …   Universalium

  • peculate — [c]/ˈpɛkjəleɪt / (say pekyuhlayt) verb (peculated, peculating) –verb (t) 1. to embezzle (public money); appropriate dishonestly (money or goods entrusted to one s care). –verb (i) 2. to engage in embezzling. {Latin pecūlātus, past participle,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • peculate — [pek′yo͞o lāt΄, pek′yəlāt΄] vt., vi. peculated, peculating [< L peculatus, pp. of peculari, to embezzle < peculium, private property < pecus, cattle: for IE base see FEE] to steal or misuse (money or property entrusted to one s care, esp …   English World dictionary

  • pec|u|la|tion — «PEHK yuh LAY shuhn», noun. the act of peculating; embezzlement …   Useful english dictionary

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