follow Dictionary.com

Submit your word to be a Word of the Day!

kleptocracy

[klep-tok-ruh-see] /klɛpˈtɒk rə si/
noun, plural kleptocracies.
1.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.
Origin
1815-20; klepto- (combining form of Greek kléptēs thief) + -cracy
Related forms
kleptocrat [klep-tuh-krat] /ˈklɛp təˌkræt/ (Show IPA), noun
kleptocratic [klep-tuh-krat-ik] /ˌklɛp təˈkræt ɪk/ (Show IPA), adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for kleptocracy
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for kleptocracy

kleptocracy

/ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
(informal) a government where officials are politically corrupt and financially self-interested
Word Origin
C20: from klepto(mania) + -cracy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for kleptocracy
n.

"rule by a class of thieves," 1819, originally in reference to Spain; see kleptomania + -cracy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for kleptocracy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kleptocracy

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends