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Peculate


PEC'ULATE, verb intransitive [Latin peculatus, peculor, from peculium, private property, from pecus, cattle.]

1. To defraud the public of money or goods entrusted to one's care, by appropriating the property to one's own use; to defraud by embezzlement.

2. Among civilians, to steal.