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Word of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

peculate \PEK-yuh-leyt\, verb:

to steal money or goods entrusted to one; embezzle

Not surprisingly, they use their positions to demand bribes and peculate public funds.
-- Christian Parenti, Taliban Rising, The Nation, December 10, 2006

by 1715, from Latin peculatus/ peculari "to embezzle," from peculum "private property"

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