jun·ta | \ ˈhu̇n-tə , ˈjən- , ˈhən- \

Definition of junta 

1 : a council or committee for political or governmental purposes especially : a group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolutionary seizure of power a military junta

2 : junto

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But election speeches will be allowed only at venues managed by the Election Commission appointed by the junta, perhaps only during working hours. The Economist, "Thailand’s ruling junta is preparing to hold an election—and to win it," 17 May 2018 Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s junta leader, has asked his cabinet to study it. The Economist, "Xi Jinping’s new blockbuster is getting a hard sell," 26 Apr. 2018 Prayuth Chan-ocha, the general who heads the ruling junta, was able to show a softer side on a visit to monitor the rescue efforts. The Economist, "Deliverance for Thailand’s cave-trapped footballers," 12 July 2018 Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, a member of the country's ruling military junta, said Tuesday that the boys may need to swim out using diving equipment ahead of bad weather forecast for later in the week. Tassanee Vejpongsa, chicagotribune.com, "Thai official: Boys may have to dive from cave despite peril," 3 July 2018 The idyll ended on July 17, 1936, when a junta led by General Francisco Franco rose up against the Spanish Republic and its Popular Front government. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Under the junta’s watch, GDP growth has risen to 4%, exports are at a seven-year high and a record 35 million tourists thronged Thailand’s beaches and temples in 2017. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 On Wednesday, the second highest member of the ruling military junta, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, who is also defense minister, told reporters the government intends to work toward a total ban. The Christian Science Monitor, "Thailand takes first step toward total ban of e-waste," 21 June 2018 How the military junta and ferocious home fans would have reacted if Argentina had lost, however, is anyone’s guess. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Days to Go - What if Johan Cruyff Had Made the Trip to Argentina?," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of junta

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for junta

Spanish, from feminine of junto joined, from Latin junctus, past participle of jungere to join — more at yoke

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: a military group controlling a government after taking control of it by force

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