klep·​to | \ ˈklep-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce klepto (audio) \
plural kleptos

Definition of klepto

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Definition of klepto- (Entry 2 of 2)

: stealing : theft kleptomania

Examples of klepto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first trilogy borrowed greedily from Flash Gordon and Japanese samurai movies, and set a precedent for future klepto-cinema. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'The Last Jedi' Is the History of Human Warfare in Reverse," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of klepto


1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for klepto

Combining form

Greek, from kleptein to steal; akin to Goth hlifan to steal, Latin clepere

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“Klepto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klepto. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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