peculation

noun
pec·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌpe-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce peculation (audio) \

Legal Definition of peculation

: misappropriation especially of public funds

History and Etymology for peculation

Late Latin peculation- peculatio, from Latin peculari to embezzle, from peculium private property, from pecu cattle

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about peculation

Listen to Our Podcast about peculation

Cite this Entry

“Peculation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/peculation. Accessed 27 January 2020.

Comments on peculation

What made you want to look up peculation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!