Definition of junta in English:

junta

noun

  • 1A military or political group that rules a country after taking power by force.

    ‘the country's ruling military junta’
    • ‘Yet it was Allende's government that betrayed the Chilean working class and delivered it into the hands of the military junta.’
    • ‘And he supported at the beginning a criminal military junta, the junta which was presided over by Ongania.’
    • ‘A military junta plans to rule the Islamic nation for up to two years.’
    • ‘Over 30,000 people were killed as a military junta which seized power in 1976 unleashed terror against all opposition.’
    • ‘Yesterday's election for the presidency and 36 state governorships was a litmus test for democracy in a country which has spent most of its 43 years since independence governed by military juntas.’
    • ‘As government forces suffered defeat after defeat, the military junta needed a scapegoat.’
    • ‘Menem completed the free-market ‘revolution’ that the military junta had begun.’
    • ‘In 1968 a left-wing military junta seized power, seeking to nationalize US-controlled industries.’
    • ‘An embargo against the military junta of the day meant they couldn't sell the coffee right away, but they still needed firewood to cook.’
    • ‘A brutal military junta rules Burma, while repressive Communist regimes control Laos and Vietnam.’
    • ‘It is parties, military juntas, organised groups that are the actors on the political stage, that ‘take power‘; it is states and parties that then exercise power.’’
    • ‘Both Argentina and Chile, for example, granted general amnesties to the military juntas that ruled them throughout the 1970s and 1980s.’
    • ‘As prime minister he handed over power to a military junta in 1971.’
    • ‘Though the play takes a dig at skewed US values, it is set in a fictional Latin American nation ruled by a military junta.’
    • ‘In 1967 a military junta overthrew the government in Greece and established a brutal regime of oppression.’
    • ‘In November 1963 a military junta staged a coup d'état and killed President Diem.’
    • ‘In the 1960s the Ecuadorian Communist Party hailed the military junta that came to power with the backing of the CIA.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the real issue, the behavior of the military junta that rules the state, continues to frustrate the world.’
    • ‘Left unanswered by the high court ruling is whether new charges can be brought against the surviving members of the former military juntas.’
    • ‘A military junta seized power and established Iraq as a republic.’
    faction, group, cabal, clique, party, set, ring, gang, league, confederacy
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  • 2historical A deliberative or administrative council in Spain or Portugal.

    • ‘A Supreme Central Junta met in Aranjuez on 25 September 1808.’
    • ‘It is said that the Central Junta of the Carlist organization is to meet today to discuss means to procure funds to support an insurrection in Catalonia.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in junta (sense 2)): from Spanish and Portuguese, from Latin juncta, feminine past participle of jungere ‘to join’.

Pronunciation

junta

/ˈho͝on(t)ə//ˈhʊn(t)ə/