secret-police

secret police

noun
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:
1920–25

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secret police
 
n
a police force that operates relatively secretly to check subversion or political dissent

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