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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In South Korea, Catholic priests provided humanitarian and spiritual support for antigovernment protesters in the 1970s and ’80s when juntas ruled the country. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un Invites Pope Francis to North Korea," 9 Oct. 2018 An election in July kept the junta in power, despite claims of massive vote-rigging. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "Forced to Be Fat," 21 July 2011 By then, the military junta was moving toward a more democratic form of government, but the president, a former military general, took much the same line on the Rohingya as his predecessors. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘All Our Lives They Wanted to Ruin Us.’ For Decades, Myanmar Sought to Drive Out Rohingya," 23 Nov. 2018 This despite signs even as the sanctions were being scrubbed in late 2016 that the military junta had embarked on a vicious air campaign against churches and schools. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Trump administration walking back Obama-era foreign policy mistakes in Burma," 22 Aug. 2018 Just this week Thailand’s military junta quelled protests marking the fourth anniversary of its seizure of power. The Economist, "South-East Asia: lots of elections, not so much democracy," 24 May 2018 Rubber farmers from Thailand’s south, who supported the coup, feel betrayed that the junta has failed to prop up falling rubber prices. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 That removed dozens of people and companies that had been blacklisted by the Treasury Department for human rights abuses and ties to the junta. Washington Post, "Lawmakers call for pressure on Myanmar over Pyongyang ties," 26 Mar. 2018 The ruling junta has previously set dates for elections but then postponed them. Fox News, "New Thai laws mandate election by May next year," 12 Sep. 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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