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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.
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1860-65 Unabridged
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police state

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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