AskDefine | Define peculator

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peculator n : someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for their own use [syn: embezzler, defalcator]

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From peculator#Latin < peculor#Latin < peculium#Latin.

Noun

  1. A person who peculates; an embezzler

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Etymology

Agent noun formed from pecūlātus, perfect passive participle of peculor#Latin < peculium#Latin + -or, agential ending.

Noun

  1. embezzler
    • 56 - 117 CE — Tacitus, Historiae 1:53
      mox compertum publicam pecuniam avertisse ut peculatorem flagitari iussit.
      it being soon discovered that he had embezzled the public money, he directed that he should be prosecuted as a peculator.

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