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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.


embezzlement. — peculator, n.
See also: Theft
See also: Crime
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peculation - the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone elsepeculation - the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
raid - an attempt by speculators to defraud investors
plunderage - the act of plundering (especially the embezzlement of goods on shipboard)
larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving - the act of taking something from someone unlawfully; "the thieving is awful at Kennedy International"


[ˌpekjʊˈleɪʃən] Ndesfalco m, peculado m
References in classic literature ?
Another ill effect of the exclusion would be the temptation to sordid views, to peculation, and, in some instances, to usurpation.
Sir Pitt Crawley (named after the great Commoner) was the son of Walpole Crawley, first Baronet, of the Tape and Sealing-Wax Office in the reign of George II., when he was impeached for peculation, as were a great number of other honest gentlemen of those days; and Walpole Crawley was, as need scarcely be said, son of John Churchill Crawley, named after the celebrated military commander of the reign of Queen Anne.
I find it impossible not to expect some depth of soul behind a deep grey eye with a long dark eyelash, in spite of an experience which has shown me that they may go along with deceit, peculation, and stupidity.
Scipio, charged with peculation, refuses to do himself so great a disgrace as to wait for justification, though he had the scroll of his accounts in his hands, but tears it to pieces before the tribunes.
This is how and why it is that the French system of administration, the purest and best on the globe has rendered robbery, as his Excellency has just told you, next to impossible, and as for peculation, it is a myth.
With Zimbabwe's leadership so thoroughly tainted by decades of peculation and mendacity, and devoid of any real notion of"the public interest," Mnangagwa's regime is otherwise unlikely to clean up the prevailing fiscal mess because of its refusal to break sharply with the fiscal derring-do of the Mugabe era.
It downgraded BCR's VR to 'bb-' from 'bb' and placed it on RWN to reflect a reassessment of the bank's management and risk appetite, after a group of senior managers and members of the board of directors were imprisoned for peculation charges related to the approval of a troubled loan.
Following November's assault allegaons, Gotti seemed to be dropped by ionsgate, but Travolta insisted: "Unfortunately, the reports were peculation bordering on fake news."
America's Founders recognized the possibility of a "runaway presidency": a president could corrupt his Administration into a "scheme of peculation or oppression," "betray his trust to foreign powers," or produce an outcome "fatal to the Republic." To ensure the fate of presidents, the Founders gave absolute power of impeachment to elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate for establishing an impeachment case on law intertwined with "political, practical, moral, and legal judgment." The "genius of impeachment" lies in the power to punish the president without endangering the institution of the presidency.
president, 1817-1825) came to regret his earlier charge that Hamilton engaged in peculation; nevertheless, in 1827 Hamilton's widow, Eliza, rejected the ex-president's in-person attempt to apologize (see Chernow, Alexander Hamilton, 727-28).