A junta is a small group of people that takes control of a country and then rules it.
More generally, a junta is a group of people working toward a goal together (often a goal that's political.)
Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one junta or multiple juntas.)
An alternate form is "junto."
How to use it:
For the strict meaning, talk about a state or nation ruled by a junta, a group of citizens defying the junta, and so on.
We're more interested in the looser meaning: talk about a junta of crazies, a junta composed of anarchists, the junta that's taken over your favorite website and turned it into something else entirely, etc.
The tone of this word, as you can tell, is usually harsh: by calling people a junta, you're indicating that they're ruthless, violent, power-hungry, or sneaky.
But you could use the word lightly, too: "a junta of third grade science-fair winners," "the junta controlling all the good coffee and cookies."
He acts like there's a junta of lawyers at his disposal, but I really think he's bluffing.
To get anything changed around here, you'll have to contend with the department head and his junta.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "junta" means when you can explain it without saying "council" or "faction."
Think of a group of people you find unreasonable or annoying, and fill in the blanks: "You can barely _____ before the junta of _____ (gets involved / steps in / raises a fuss / puts a stop to it.)"
Example: "You can barely write a sentence before the junta of grammarians raises a fuss."
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Origin: This phrase comes from poker. Poker players 'ante up' at the beginning of a hand by contributing to a small, set amount to the pot before being dealt in.
Definition: State your opinion."
A Point Well Made:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done."
1. The opposite of JUNTA is
2. For years, the nation has been under junta _____.
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