kleptocrat

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kleptocrat (plural kleptocrats)

  1. A ruling figure in a kleptocracy.
    • 1997, Diamond Jered, Guns, Germs, and Steel , W. W. Norton & Co, page 276,
      The difference between a kleptocrat and a wise statesman is merely on of degree: a matter of just how large a percentage of the tribute extracted from producers is retained by the elite, and how much the commoners appreciate the public uses to which the redistributed tribute is put.

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