jun·​ta | \ ˈhu̇n-tə How to pronounce junta (audio) , ˈjən- How to pronounce junta (audio) , 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

Examples of junta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The military junta in Myanmar has cut all wireless internet services until further notice, in what appears to be a concerted effort to control communications and messaging in the Southeast Asian country. Sandi Sidhu And Salai Tz, CNN, 3 Apr. 2021 But his publishing house, which prints educational books and sells machines imported from Japan, supported the civil disobedience movement that seeks to deprive the junta of economic resources by encouraging dissenters to stop working. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 Myanmar was thrown into turmoil when the military, headed by coup leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, seized power last month, overturning a democratic election, detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and establishing a ruling military junta. Helen Regan, Paula Hancocks And Salai Tz, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 The junta had grabbed power a month earlier after mutinous soldiers encircled the home of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and fired shots into the air. NBC News, 25 May 2021 Throughout 28 tracks, Morrison effectively challenges the current junta (politicians across the globe having usurped social power thanks to COVID and by other unmentionable means). Armond White, National Review, 19 May 2021 Downing Street says the sanctions will cut off a key source of funding for the Burmese junta, which seized control of Myanmar 108 days ago. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 18 May 2021 Fighting the junta, the officials said, is not a crime. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Fighting the junta, the officials said, is not a crime. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Junta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junta. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of junta

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


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