Kleptocratic



[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 corrupt and financially self-interested
n.

“rule by a class of thieves,” 1819, originally in reference to Spain; see kleptomania + -cracy.

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