kleptocratic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From klepto- + -cratic.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /klɛptə(ʊ)ˈkɹatɪk/

Adjective[edit]

kleptocratic (comparative more kleptocratic, superlative most kleptocratic)

  1. Pertaining to a kleptocracy; characterised by rulers or leaders who are thieves.
    • 2008, Nick Mathiason, "New fight for Congo's riches", The Observer, 29 Jun 2008:
      Once the biggest company in Africa, Gecamines' production plunged during the kleptocratic dictatorship of President Mobutu Sese Seko (1965-97).