Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A robbing or embezzlement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A robbing or embezzlement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A robbing or embezzling.

Etymologies

Latin depeculari, past participle depeculatus, to rob. See peculate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Also robbery and depeculation of the public treasury or revenues is a greater crime than the robbing or defrauding of a private man, because to rob the public is to rob many at once; also the counterfeit usurpation of public ministry, the counterfeiting of public seals, or public coin, than counterfeiting of a private man's person or his seal, because the fraud thereof extendeth to the damage of many.

    Leviathan, or, The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill

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  • An embezzling of public funds. (Luciferous Logolepsy)

    May 16, 2008