A faction consisting of Russell, Lord-Keeper Somers, Charles
Montague, and several other men of mark, who ruled the Whigs in the
reign of William III. for nearly twenty years, and exercised a very
great influence over the nation. The word is a corruption of the
Spanish junta (an administrative assembly), but is in English a
term of censure.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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