[pek-yuh-leyt] /ˈpɛk yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with or without object), peculated, peculating.
to steal or take dishonestly (money, especially public funds, or property entrusted to one’s care); embezzle.
to appropriate or embezzle (public money)
1749, from Latin peculatus, past participle of peculari “to embezzle,” from peculum “private property,” originally “cattle” (see peculiar). Related: Peculated; peculating; peculator.
noun 1. black slavery in the southern U.S. before the Civil War. noun a term for black slavery in southern US prior to the Civil War
[pi-kyoo-lee-ar-i-tee, -kyool-yar-] /pɪˌkyʊ liˈær ɪ ti, -kyulˈyær-/ noun, plural peculiarities. 1. a trait, manner, characteristic, or habit that is odd or unusual. 2. oddity; singularity; eccentricity. 3. a distinguishing quality or characteristic. 4. the quality or condition of being . /pɪˌkjuːlɪˈærɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. a strange or unusual habit or characteristic 2. a distinguishing […]
[pi-kyool-yuh-rahyz] /pɪˈkyul yəˌraɪz/ verb (used with object), peculiarized, peculiarizing. 1. to make , unusual, distinguished, etc.
[pi-kyool-yer] /pɪˈkyul yər/ adjective 1. strange; queer; odd: peculiar happenings. 2. uncommon; unusual: the peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats. 3. distinctive in nature or character from others. 4. belonging characteristically (usually followed by to): an expression peculiar to Canadians. 5. belonging exclusively to some person, group, or thing: the peculiar properties of a […]