kleptocracy
noun (plural -cies) Date: 1819 government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed; also a particular government of this kind • kleptocrat nounkleptocratic adjective

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  • kleptocracy — (n.) rule by a class of thieves, 1819, originally in reference to Spain; see KLEPTOMANIA (Cf. kleptomania) + CRACY (Cf. cracy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • kleptocracy — [klep täk′rə sē] n. pl. kleptocracies [< klept (see KLEPTOMANIA + O + CRACY] a political regime whose members make flagrantly dishonest use of their official position for personal gain kleptocrat [klep′tə krat΄] n. kleptocratic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Kleptocracy — Part of the Politics series Basic forms of government Aristocracy Autocracy …   Wikipedia

  • kleptocracy — kleptocratic /klep teuh krat ik/, adj. /klep tok reuh see/, n., pl. kleptocracies. a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. [1815 20; klepto (comb. form of Gk kléptes thief) + …   Universalium

  • kleptocracy — noun A corrupt and dishonest government characterised by greed. Syn: kleptarchy …   Wiktionary

  • kleptocracy — government by thieves Forms of Government …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • kleptocracy — n. corrupt government that takes a exorbitant amount of tax money from its citizens …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kleptocracy — klep·toc·ra·cy …   English syllables

  • kleptocracy — klep•toc•ra•cy [[t]klɛpˈtɒk rə si[/t]] n. pl. cies. cvb a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves • Etymology: 1815–20; < Gk klépt(ēs) thief + o + cracy klep•to•crat•ic ˌklɛp …   From formal English to slang

  • kleptocracy — /klɛpˈtɒkrəsi/ (say klep tokruhsee) noun a governing group who steal from the population as a whole to increase their own wealth or power. {Greek kleptēs thief + cracy} –kleptocrat, noun –kleptocratic, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

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