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secret police

noun
1.
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
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25
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  • I went to the headquarters of the secret police the other day with Mr. Douglas.

  • We shall see if you will laugh at my secret police this time.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • secret police were helpless, for it was not a secret revolution.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • That will depend upon the efficiency of the Austrian secret police.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • She may be an agent of the Russian secret police with an assignment to take you to Siberia.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
British Dictionary definitions for secret police

secret police

noun
1.
a police force that operates relatively secretly to check subversion or political dissent
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