transitive verb[with object]formal
Embezzle or steal (money, especially public funds)
purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
- ‘the people accused them of having peculated the public money’
Mid 18th century from Latin peculat- ‘embezzled’, from the verb peculari (related to peculium ‘property’).
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