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[che-kah] /ˈtʃɛ kɑ/
(in the Soviet Union) the state secret-police organization (1917–22), succeeded by the GPU.
Compare KGB.
Origin of Cheka
1920-25; < Russian Cheká, Vecheká, names of the initial letters of Vserossíĭskaya chrezvycháĭnaya Kommíssiya (po bor'bé s kontrarevolyútsieĭ, spekulyátsieĭ i sabotázhem) All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (for the Struggle against Counterrevolution, Speculation and Sabotage)
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Chekist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Cheka


(Russian history) the secret police set up in 1917 by the Bolshevik government: reorganized in the Soviet Union in Dec 1922 as the GPU
Word Origin
C20: from Russian, acronym of Chrezvychainaya Komissiya Extraordinary Commission (to combat Counter-Revolution)
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Word Origin and History for Cheka

early Soviet secret police, 1921, from Russian initials of Chrezvychainaya Komissiya "Extraordinary Commission (for Combating Counter-Revolution);" set up 1917, superseded 1922 by G.P.U.

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