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noun 
  1. The wrongful appropriation of shared or public property, especially by a person entrusted with the guardianship of that property
  2. In the law, embezzlement of public or government property
  • 1989: She considered herself engaged to be married to a Scotch propaganda officer who had been dismissed for and gone home to sell cars. " Anthony Burgess, The Devil's Mode
Etymology: Latin, from peculat-, past participle stem of peculari, related to peculium "property in cattle, private property", from pecu "cattle, money".


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