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n. pl. klep·toc·ra·cies
A government characterized by rampant greed and corruption.

[Greek kleptein, to steal + -cracy.]

klep′to·crat′ (-tə-krăt′) n.
klep′to·crat′ic adj.


(ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ) or


n, pl -cies
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal a government where officials are politically corrupt and financially self-interested
[C20: from klepto(mania) + -cracy]


(klɛpˈtɒk rə si)
n., pl. -cies.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.
[1815–20; < Greek klépt(ēs) thief + -o- + -cracy]
klep•to•crat•ic (ˌklɛp təˈkræt ɪk) adj.
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