verb[with object] formal
mid 18th century: from Latin peculat- 'embezzled', from the verb peculari (related to peculium 'property').
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- Dishonesty, thievery, and peculation pervade the public sector.
- Salacious in a grubby way; even in his peculations there was no magnificence.
- He obtained his discharge, brought an accusation of peculation against some of his former officers, and in 1792 retired, first to France then to America, to avoid prosecution.
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