peculation

noun
pec·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌpe-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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

Share peculation

Listen to Our Podcast about peculation

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

means, resources, or money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

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!