Todays Word: Kleptocracy

Word: kleptocracy


noun: A government by the corrupt in which rulers use their official positions for personal gain.


From Greek klepto-, from kleptes (thief) + -cracy (rule). Earliest documented use: 1819.


“Mubarak was the leader of a brutal dictatorship and kleptocracy. He enriched himself and his family and friends at the expense of the people.”
A Trial Tyrants Will Heed; Winnipeg Free Press (Canada); Aug 4, 2011.

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