any of various groups of assassins, especially in Central America, whose members murder political dissidents, petty criminals, etc., usually with the tacit approval of the government.
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How to use death squad in a sentence
With virtually no membership screening, oversight or internal discipline at this point in their history, the Rangers became something like a death squad.Along the border, echoes of revolution and Pancho Villa | Matthew Simpson | July 2, 2021 | Washington Post
I was subject to a White House death squad that fortunately backed off and aborted the mission.Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden Is a Hero and We Need More Whistleblowers | Daniel Ellsberg | June 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
You can be the leader of a Salvadoran death squad, and then manage a Jiffy Lube in North Miami.Sunshine: Florida’s Fraught Relationship With the Truth | Jim DeFede | March 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST