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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.
Origin of police state
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I don't think you can get absolute security without almost establishing a police state, and we don't want that.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Since this is a police state the only way to get them out is through violence.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • You expect a responsible government to be in control after the removal of the police state.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • During the time of readjustment after Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, Bulgaria's police state period gradually came to a close.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • He had been prepared for a police state, tight security controls, a repressed populace, and a growing air of unrest.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for police state

police state

a state or country in which a repressive government maintains control through the police
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police state in Culture

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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