Definitions for: Peculation


[n] the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Every British subject . . . active in the discovery of
peculations has been ruined. --Burke.

Synonyms: defalcation, embezzlement, misapplication, misappropriation

See Also: larceny, plunderage, raid, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving

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