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

Definition of klepto

 (Entry 1 of 2)


combining form

Definition of klepto- (Entry 2 of 2)

: stealing : theft kleptomania

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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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