police state

noun
a nation in which the police, especially a secret police, summarily suppresses any social, economic, or political act that conflicts with governmental policy.

Origin:
1860–65

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police state
 
n
a state or country in which a repressive government maintains control through the police

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police state definition


A nation whose rulers maintain order and obedience by the threat of police or military force; one with a brutal, arbitrary government.

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Example sentences
Pollution and overpopulation are again the culprits that have turned the world
  into a police state.
The movie plainly suggests that controlling language is part of the
  authoritarian hangover of a former police state.
We are being conditioned to accept the police state.
It is clear that he never let himself forget the presence of the police state.
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