peculate

  • 1 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

  • 2 peculate — I verb appropriate criminally, appropriate dishonestly, appropriate illegally, appropriate wrongfully, bilk, cheat, cozen, deceive, defraud, divert, embezzle, misappropriate, mulct, obtain money on false pretenses, obtain under false pretenses,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 peculate — (v.) 1749, from L. peculatus, pp. of peculari to embezzle, from peculum private property (see PECULIAR (Cf. peculiar)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 peculate — pec•u•late [[t]ˈpɛk yəˌleɪt[/t]] v. t. v. i. lat•ed, lat•ing to steal or take dishonestly (money, esp. public funds, or property entrusted to one s care); embezzle • Etymology: 1740–50; v. use of peculate embezzlement (now obs.) < L pecūlātus …

    From formal English to slang

  • 7 peculate — transitive verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari, from peculium Date: 1802 embezzle • peculation noun • peculator noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 peculate — verb To embezzle See Also: peculation, peculator …

    Wiktionary

  • 9 peculate — Synonyms and related words: abuse, befoul, convert, debase, defalcate, defile, desecrate, divert, embezzle, foul, maladminister, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, mishandle, mismanage, misuse, pervert, pilfer, pollute, profane, prostitute,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 peculate — pec·u·late || pekjÉ™leɪt / jÊŠ v. embezzle, steal …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 11 peculate — v. n. Embezzle, appropriate criminally, steal, pilfer, rob, defraud …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 12 peculate — v embezzle, misappropriate, Law. defalcate, misapply, misuse; steal, rob, purloin, abstract; dip into the public purse, Inf. rob the till, Inf. have one s hand in the till; defraud, swindle, thieve, filch, cheat; pluck, fleece, rook, bilk …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 13 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

  • 14 peculate —   v.i.,v.t. embezzle.    ♦ peculation,    ♦ peculator, n …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 15 peculate — v.tr. & intr. embezzle (money). Derivatives: peculation n. peculator n. Etymology: L peculari rel. to peculium: see PECULIAR …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 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

  • 17 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 18 embezzle — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. steal, misappropriate, misapply, peculate, defalcate. See stealing. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. thieve, misappropriate, peculate, pilfer; see rob , steal . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 malversate — verb appropriate (as property entrusted to one s care) fraudulently to one s own use The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family • Syn: ↑embezzle, ↑defalcate, ↑peculate, ↑misappropriate • Derivationally… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 defraud — de·fraud /di frȯd/ vt: to deprive of something by fraud de·fraud·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. defraud …

    Law dictionary


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