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 Two years later and Séba was personally invited to Mali by local authorities led by Colonel Assimi Goïta, the head of a military junta that seized power in August 2020, to give a rousing speech against neo-colonialism in the capital city of Bamako. Tom Collins, Quartz, 6 June 2022 The junta that imprisoned the country’s civilian leader — Aung San Suu Kyi — has responded with escalating violence, unleashing a brutal campaign to quell the nation through massacres and the torching of towns. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 France and the European Union are ending their own military operations in Mali amid souring relations with the governing junta. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 19 June 2022 Diendere is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for leading a military junta that briefly seized power in 2015. Simon Gongo, Bloomberg.com, 11 Oct. 2021 This is not the first attempt to destabilize Mali’s ruling junta. Baba Ahmed, ajc, 17 May 2022 On one side is a military junta that, apart from a brief interlude of semi-democratic governance, has ruled with brutal force for half a century. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 The 84-year-old former leader was overthrown in a coup d'etat in September by a military junta that now leads the West African country. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 The military junta that seized power in 2020 has been struggling to stem the violence. Baba Ahmed, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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28 Jul 2022

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“Junta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junta. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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