Paul McFedries lists at MCFEDRIES.COM
Mon Jan 22 22:27:37 UTC 2001

I've heard "kleptocrat" used recently in reference to Laurent Kabila. The
OED has "kleptocracy" ("a ruling body or order of thieves"), which it dates
to 1819. However, it doesn't have "kleptocrat." Nexis.com reports that its
earliest citation is an abstract of a Wall Street Journal article from 1986,
which is surprisingly new considering the antiquity of kleptocracy. Does
anyone know of any earlier cites for "kleptocrat"?



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