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[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.


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