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

Examples of junta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Possibly the greatest, and most enduring political thriller ever made, Z was produced under specific circumstances and satirized the military junta that governed Greece from 1967 to 1974. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 13 Best Movies About Why You Shouldn’t Trust the Government," 5 June 2020 Bill Clinton’s administration, meanwhile, expanded the NATO alliance while staying on good terms with Russia; forced the Haitian junta to step down; halted genocidal Serbian expansionism; helped bring peace to Ireland; and started no wars. Joseph O’neill, The New York Review of Books, "Brand New Dems?," 29 Apr. 2020 The party finished third in the poll -- which ended five years under a junta -- on a platform that included rewriting the current constitution, curbing the army’s influence and breaking up oligopolies. Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg.com, "Thai Court Says Opposition Party Not Guilty of Seeking to Oust Monarchy," 29 Apr. 2020 After Argentina was defeated by Great Britain in the Falklands War of 1982, the country’s military junta began to lose its grip on power. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Tex’ Harris, US diplomat who exposed human rights abuses in Argentina, dies at 81," 2 Mar. 2020 Its clients included Iran, military juntas in Latin America, nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, and even the Vatican. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 When Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 140,000 people in Myanmar in 2008, the lying incompetence of the junta that ran the country at the time hastened its demise. The Economist, "Are dictatorships better than democracies at fighting climate change?," 19 Sep. 2019 Another mass gathering in the streets led to a military junta seizing control in 2013, under General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. BostonGlobe.com, "Hosni Mubarak dies at 91. His autocratic rule of Egypt ended with a citizens’ revolt.," 25 Feb. 2020 Suu Kyi, who was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for championing democracy and rights under Myanmar’s then-ruling junta, is leading the Myanmar delegation in her capacity as foreign minister. BostonGlobe.com, "Acting on behalf of the 57-country Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Gambia is asking the world court to take “all measures within its power to prevent all acts that amount to or contribute to the crime of genocide.”," 12 Dec. 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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“Junta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junta. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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