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A.Word.A.Day--junta

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This week's theme: words derived from Indo-European roots.

junta (HOON-tuh, JUHN-) noun

A group, especially one made of military officers, ruling a country after a coup.

[From Spanish and Portuguese junta (committee, association), from Latin jungere (to join). Ultimately from the Indo-European root yeug- (to join) that also gave us yoke, junction, jugular, adjust, Sanskrit yoga, and Greek zeugma.]

See more usage examples of junta in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Burma's military junta has been freeing prisoners from jail and then recruiting them to bolster gangs that have been used to attack pro-democracy activists."
Daniel Howden; Junta Frees Prisoners For Anti-protest Mobs; The Independent (London, UK); Aug 29, 2007.

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