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secret police

a police force that functions as the enforcement arm of a government's political policies and whose activities, which often include surveillance, intimidation, and physical violence as a means of suppressing dissent, are usually concealed from the public.
Also called security police.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for secret police
  • In the old days, the clientele included spies and secret police.
  • His secret police were everywhere, but so were his handouts.
  • Oil installations will need to be protected, weapons depots guarded, and secret police files preserved.
  • But people can only get shot at by secret police so many times before they're likely to start shooting back.
  • Your social media imprint can implicate you much more easily than an army of secret police.
  • The secret police flock there too, for the same reasons, and also to investigate the strangers.
  • And they were more persistent than the secret police.
  • During the night, too, he'd somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by secret police.
  • The secret police was around, but it wasn't too obtrusive.
  • He made it a practice to bump off whoever served as head of his secret police.
British Dictionary definitions for secret police

secret police

a police force that operates relatively secretly to check subversion or political dissent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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