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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.
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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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(18) Presenting the rhetorical equivalent of a well-stamped passport, Sylphid outlines her previous travels from her birthplace in Sicily to the courts of Versailles, "the hot sands of the eastern world," and "the black desarts of the frozen pole." Having observed life in all degrees and stations, Sylphid explains that her present "task [is] to explore the haunts of artificial beings; to watch, unseen, at the toilets of coquets, in the chambers of prudes; at the altars of pious hypocrites; in the vortex of dissipation; on the couch of indolence; in the gloomy closet of avarice, and the superb temple of the unblushing peculator" (16).
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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."