[klep-tuh-krat] /ˈklɛp təˌkræt/
a government official who is a thief or exploiter.
[klep-tok-ruh-see] /klɛpˈtɒk rə si/ noun, plural kleptocracies. 1. a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves. /ˌklɛptəʊˈkrætɪk/ adjective 1. (of a government, state, etc) characterized by corruption amongst those in power /ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ/ noun (pl) -cies 1. (informal) a government where officials are politically […]
[klep-tuh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/ noun, Psychology. 1. an irresistible impulse to steal, stemming from emotional disturbance rather than economic need. /ˌklɛptəʊˈmeɪnɪə/ noun 1. (psychol) a strong impulse to steal, esp when there is no obvious motivation n. 1830, formed from mania + Greek kleptes “thief,” from kleptein “to steal, act secretly,” […]
[klep-tuh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌklɛp təˈmeɪ niˌæk/ noun, Psychology. 1. a person who has . adjective 2. of, relating to, or characteristic of or a kleptomaniac. n. 1861; see kleptomania.
noun a fear of stealing or being stolen from Word Origin Greek klepto ‘to steal’