Todays Word: Kleptocracy

Word: kleptocracy

PRONUNCIATION:

(klep-TOK-ruh-see)
MEANING:
noun: A government by the corrupt in which rulers use their official positions for personal gain.

ETYMOLOGY:

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

USAGE:

“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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