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Friday, June 18, 1999

Definitions for junta

  1. A governmental council or committee, especially one that rules after a revolution.
  2. A closely knit group united for a common purpose and usually meeting secretly; also called a junto.

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Citations for junta
His greatest fear, said Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian Nobel laureate and ardent foe of military rule, is that with the death of one tyrant, the world will not press for the entire junta to step aside. , New York Times
The Greek junta that seized power during 1967 mobilized the courts against its foes. Charles S. Maier, Dissolution
Origin of junta
Junta comes from the Spanish word for "joined" (hence, a group of persons joined for a common purpose), from Latin junctus, past participle of jungere, "to join."