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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These economic strongmen were marshaled under the previous junta for projects such as the construction of the capital, Naypyidaw, and to broker arms deals, often in return for lucrative contracts and business deals. Timothy Mclaughlin, Washington Post, "Burma is pumping millions into rebuilding Rakhine. But is it for the Rohingya?," 13 Mar. 2018 The boys, however, were visited Monday evening by Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was kept about two meters away from the boys. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Rescuers begin missions to bring out last group from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 For a time after the Somoza regime fell in July 1979, Archbishop Obando supported the Sandinista junta that replaced it. Stephen Kinzer, New York Times, "Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, Key Figure in Nicaraguan Turmoil, Dies at 92," 3 June 2018 Thailand’s junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has come up with a novel way to deflect journalists’ questions: just pass them off to a cardboard likeness. Laignee Barron, Time, "'Ask This Guy.' Thailand's PM Leaves a Life-Size Cardboard Cut-Out to Answer Questions," 9 Jan. 2018 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

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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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