noun, plural klep·toc·ra·cies.

  1. a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.


  1. (of a government, state, etc) characterized by corruption amongst those in power

noun plural -cies

  1. 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.

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