noun, plural kleptocracies.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.

1815–20; klepto- (combining form of Greek kléptēs thief) + -cracy

kleptocrat [klep-tuh-krat] , noun
kleptocratic [klep-tuh-krat-ik] , adjective
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kleptocracy or cleptocracy (ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ)
n , pl -cies
informal a government where officials are politically corrupt and financially self-interested
[C20: from klepto(mania) + -cracy]
cleptocracy or cleptocracy
[C20: from klepto(mania) + -cracy]

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Example sentences
Face facts, lots of people in this country are tired of the kleptocracy of both political parties.
Examples include kleptocracy and self-enriching leaders.
Besides, autocratic kleptocracy and oligarchic kleptocracy are both kleptocracies.
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