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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.
As I did not come here to join a faction but a nation, and to deal with honest men and not with speculators or peculators, (charges bandied about daily by the Greeks of each other) it will require much circumspection to avoid the character of a partizan [.