Definition of Peculation

1. Noun. The fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else.

Exact synonyms: Defalcation, Embezzlement, Misapplication, Misappropriation
Specialized synonyms: Raid, Plunderage
Generic synonyms: Larceny, Stealing, Theft, Thievery, Thieving
Derivative terms: Defalcate, Embezzle, Misappropriate, Peculate

Definition of Peculation

1. 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.

Definition of Peculation

1. Noun. (legal chiefly historical) The wrongful appropriation or embezzlement of shared or public property, usually by a person entrusted with the guardianship of that property. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Peculation

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Peculation

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Literary usage of Peculation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Documentary History of Reconstruction: Political, Military, Social by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1906)
"[1865] CONTRACTORS, anxious for gain, were sometimes guilty of bad faith and peculation, and frequently took possession of cotton and delivered it under ..."

2. Political Crime by Louis Proal (1898)
"Purchase of seats in Parliament—(III ) Political corruption in France—Richelieu's views—peculation under Ix>uis XIV.—Louis XIV. on the necessity for ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"Under peculation, also, was comprised the adulteration of gold, silver, ... peculation and treason were, br the French charter of 1814, ..."

4. The History of England from the Accession of James II. by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Samuel Austin Allibone (1878)
"This enactment, if honestly carried into effect, would have been unobjectionable ; but it was strongly rumored that there had been foul play, peculation, ..."

5. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1900)
"The soldiers say many of your officers maintain their families out of that you send us ; and that Newport hath peculation £ioo a. year for carrying news. ..."

6. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson (1899)
"... or accessories to peculation, by an informer who masks himself under the signature of "a Native Virginian." for purposes directed by themselves. ..."

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