1. [syn: embezzle, defalcate, peculate, misappropriate, malversate]
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Peculate \Pec"u*late\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peculated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Peculating.] [L. peculatus, p. p. of peculari to
peculate, akin to peculium private property. See Peculiar.]
To appropriate to one's own use the property of the public;
to steal public moneys intrusted to one's care; to embezzle.
An oppressive, . . . rapacious, and peculating
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care)
fraudulently to one's own use; "The accountant embezzled
thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"
[syn: embezzle, defalcate, peculate,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "peculate":
abuse, befoul, convert, debase, defalcate, defile, desecrate,
divert, embezzle, foul, maladminister, misapply, misappropriate,
misemploy, mishandle, mismanage, misuse, pervert, pilfer, pollute,
profane, prostitute, violate