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Cheka

[che-kah]
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noun
  1. (in the Soviet Union) the state secret-police organization (1917–22), succeeded by the GPU.
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Origin of Cheka

1920–25; < Russian Cheká, Vecheká, names of the initial letters of Vserossíĭskaya chrezvycháĭnaya Kommíssiya (po bor'bé s kontrarevolyútsieĭ, spekulyátsieĭ i sabotázhem) All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (for the Struggle against Counterrevolution, Speculation and Sabotage)
Related formsChe·kist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And so we talked the members of the "Cheka" round to everything that we wanted.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • He is the commissar of the 'Cheka' and she is the agent of this establishment.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • In every Siberian "Cheka" I could have had this end so joyfully accorded me.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • They were the results of the bloody work of the "Cheka" at Minnusinsk.

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski

  • In the building of the Soviet, where we came to exchange our horses, there was being held a meeting of the "Cheka."

    Beasts, Men and Gods

    Ferdinand Ossendowski


British Dictionary definitions for cheka

Cheka

noun
  1. Russian history the secret police set up in 1917 by the Bolshevik government: reorganized in the Soviet Union in Dec 1922 as the GPU
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Word Origin

C20: from Russian, acronym of Chrezvychainaya Komissiya Extraordinary Commission (to combat Counter-Revolution)
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Word Origin and History for cheka

Cheka

early Soviet secret police, 1921, from Russian initials of Chrezvychainaya Komissiya "Extraordinary Commission (for Combating Counter-Revolution);" set up 1917, superseded 1922 by G.P.U.

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