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or K.G.B

the intelligence and internal-security agency of the former Soviet Union, organized in 1954 and responsible for enforcement of security regulations, protection of political leaders, the guarding of borders, and clandestine operations abroad.
Compare Cheka.
Origin of KGB
< Russian, for K(omitét) g(osudárstvennoĭ) b(ezopásnosti) Committee for State Security Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The KGB has the latest in equipment for spotting the location of an illegal station.

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  • He had operated for over a year with no signs that the KGB was aware of his activities.

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  • If there were any KGB men aboard, he wanted to dissolve into mediocrity so far as they were concerned.

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  • None at all when the dacha wasn't in use for a conference or to hide someone on the lam from the KGB.

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British Dictionary definitions for KGB


the former Soviet secret police, founded in 1954 Compare GRU
Word Origin
from Russian Komitet Gosudarstvennoi Bezopasnosti State Security Committee
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for KGB

national security agency of the Soviet Union from 1954 to 1991, attested from 1955 in English, initialism of Russian Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti "Committee for State Security."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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KGB in Culture

KGB definition

The secret police of the former Soviet Union.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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