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VERB (1)

1. appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use;
- Example: "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"
[syn: embezzle, defalcate, peculate, misappropriate, malversate]


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. [1913 Webster] An oppressive, . . . rapacious, and peculating despotism. --Burke. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

peculate 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, misappropriate, malversate]
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