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tr. & intr.v. pec·u·lat·ed, pec·u·lat·ing, pec·u·lates
To embezzle (funds) or engage in embezzlement.

[Latin pecūlārī, pecūlāt-, from pecūlium, private property; see peku- in Indo-European roots.]

pec′u·la′tion n.
pec′u·la′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peculator - someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat - someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
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The chief character, Orfitus, is managing director, bankroller, and peculator of the company.
Dante's flatterers are "plunged in human filth" and "fouled with ordure"; Ginsberg's men, sobbing with despair, defied pollution and "jumped in the filthy Passaic" In the Inferno the peculators are boiled in sticky pitch; Ginsberg's pals are also "burned alive.
And in this town, one will find] adventurers, speculators, and peculators, bespattered men and dowdy women [whose past you do not worry about greatly because you] take them as you find them.