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Related to kleptocratic: revanchism, plutocratic


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.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (of a government, state, etc) characterized by corruption amongst those in power
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ac "The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end.
He added: "The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end."