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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.
Origin of secret police
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But they were careful lest they be heard by a secret-police spy.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
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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