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

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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The junta has regularly detained critics at military camps as a method of intimidation. Washington Post, "Thai leader names new Cabinet with military colleagues," 11 July 2019 A month later, the closure remains as a military junta clings to power. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Countries are killing internet access in times of crisis," 7 July 2019 Advertising That vote will likely take place sometime in May and give Palang Pracharath’s candidate, current junta Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a considerable advantage. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coup," 25 Mar. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The junta, however, is far from united. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 The junta, however, appointed a 250-strong Senate, packed full of former generals, which unanimously voted for Prayuth as prime minister and gave the general a clear leg up. Washington Post, "Thai parliament extends term of junta chief Prayuth, voted prime minister after inconclusive elections," 6 June 2019 The junta instead delayed polls five times, suppressing dissent and outlawing... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Thailand’s Dictator-Democrats," 21 Mar. 2019 Pro-junta candidates vowed to root out corruption while their opponents pledged to end... James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand’s Junta Chief on Track to Return as Prime Minister," 24 Mar. 2019 The vote for prime minister will likely take place sometime in May and give Palang Pracharath’s candidate, current junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a considerable advantage. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Election observers call still-partial Thai vote count flawed," 26 Mar. 2019

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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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