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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else;
[syn: embezzlement, peculation, defalcation, misapplication, misappropriation]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peculation \Pec`u*la"tion\, n. The act or practice of peculating, or of defrauding the public by appropriating to one's own use the money or goods intrusted to one's care for management or disbursement; embezzlement. [1913 Webster] Every British subject . . . active in the discovery of peculations has been ruined. --Burke. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

peculation n 1: the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else [syn: embezzlement, peculation, defalcation, misapplication, misappropriation]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PECULATION, civil law. The unlawful appropriation by a depositary of public funds, of the property of the government entrusted to his care, to his own use or that of others. Domat, Suppl. au Droit Public, liv. 3, tit. 5.