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Meaning of PECULATE

Pronunciation:  'pekyu`leyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  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"

PECULATE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: defalcate, embezzle, malversate, misappropriate
 See Also: steal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

      An oppressive, . . . rapacious, and peculating
      despotism.                               --Burke.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abuse, befoul, convert, debase, defalcate, defile, desecrate, divert, embezzle, foul, maladminister, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, mishandle, mismanage, misuse, pervert, pilfer, pollute, profane, prostitute, violate