Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A government characterized by rampant greed and corruption.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A corrupt and dishonest government characterised by greed.

Etymologies

Greek kleptein, to steal + -cracy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
klepto- + -cracy (Wiktionary)

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  • ~ a political regime whose members make flagrantly dishonest use of their official position for personal gain

    Related Forms:
    * kleptocrat klep′·to·crat′ (-tə krat′) noun
    * kleptocratic klep′·to·crat′ic adjective

    Usage Examples
    * Lord Black accused of running a "corporate kleptocracy."

    January 18, 2009

  • Yes, as through this world I've wandered
    I've seen lots of funny men;
    Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    And some with a fountain pen.
    -Woody Guthrie, Pretty Boy Floyd

    October 31, 2007

  • I agree. Not enough people are stealing it.

    August 27, 2007

  • This word needs more popularity. Seriously.

    August 26, 2007

  • "A government characterized by rampant greed and corruption." per the American Heritage Dictionary. Also kleptocratic & kleptocrat.

    January 28, 2007