[klep-tok-ruh-see] /klɛpˈtɒk rə si/
noun, plural kleptocracies.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.
(of a government, state, etc) characterized by corruption amongst those in power
noun (pl) -cies
(informal) a government where officials are politically corrupt and financially self-interested
“rule by a class of thieves,” 1819, originally in reference to Spain; see kleptomania + -cracy.
[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’
- Klerer-may system
Early system from Columbia University with special mathematics symbols. Its reference manual was two pages long! [“Further Advances in Two-Dimensional Input-Output by Typewriter Terminals”, M. Klerer et al, Proc FJCC 31 (1967)]. [Sammet 1969, pp. 284-294]. (1994-10-24)