banana republic


: a small dependent country usually of the tropics
especially : one run despotically

Examples of banana republic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What happens if corrupt politicians and powerful judges permanently change America into a banana republic or a police state? San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 But while the verdict was right in this case, another line has been crossed against the rule of law by political opportunists, which makes our country continue to look ever more like a banana republic. Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 No aspersions intended toward an ex-East Bloc prison house or a former banana republic, but that's really embarrassing for Abraham Lincoln's last best hope. Star Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 Clearly, creating an effective blanket immunity for those powerful enough to run for president is truly the stuff of banana republics. Luke Thompson, National Review, 29 Sep. 2019 If this is a banana republic with a few very, very rich people and everyone else living in misery, that’s a failure. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, 9 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banana republic was in 1901

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“Banana republic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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