kleptocratic

kleptocracy

[klep-tok-ruh-see]
noun, plural kleptocracies.
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

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
 
n
 
[C20: from klepto(mania) + -cracy]

kleptocratic (ˌklɛptəʊˈkrætɪk)
 
adj
(of a government, state, etc) characterized by corruption amongst those in power

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