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police state

a nation in which the police, especially a secret police, summarily suppresses any social, economic, or political act that conflicts with governmental policy.
Origin of police state
1860-65 Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • Not politically: it was a police state and a harsh one.
  • The security of a police state is not true security.
  • We get a lamentable amount of authoritarian police state infrastructure and activity.
  • Behind the rhetoric of national liberation lurked an increasingly nasty police state.
  • The security services do have more influence than they used to, but nowhere near enough to make the country a police state.
  • It was the fact that it was a police state where people were denied the basic liberties.
British Dictionary definitions for police state

police state

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

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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