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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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 In a country where a military junta held power from 1964 to 1985, this is a big deal. Amy Erica Smith, Mollie Cohen, Matthew Layton, Vox, "Did Brazilians vote against democracy on Sunday?," 30 Oct. 2018 But after Park was gunned down by his intelligence chief during a late-night drinking party in October 1979 and a new military junta led by Maj. Hyung-jin Kim, Washington Post, "Kim Jong-pil, spymaster and two-time prime minister of South Korea, dies at 92," 24 June 2018 But after a new military junta led by Gen. Chun Doo-hwan seized power through a coup following Park's death, Kim was accused of corruption and surrendered property worth millions of dollars before moving to the United States. Fox News, "Kim Jong-pil, ex-South Korean premier and spy agency founder, dies," 22 June 2018 Any limit that Chávez might have been willing to accept on his power vanished in April 2002, when a junta of military officers and right-wing leaders tried to oust him in a coup. Wil S. Hylton, New York Times, "Can Venezuela Be Saved?," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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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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