- the German state secret police during the Nazi regime, organized in 1933 and notorious for its brutal methods and operations.
- (sometimes lowercase) of or resembling the Nazi Gestapo, especially in the brutal suppression of opposition: The new regime is using gestapo tactics.
Origin of Gestapo
Examples from the Web for gestapo
The French police supplied the trucks; the Gestapo, the men.
On April 25, 1941, the Gestapo moved into the building and I had to give all the keys to the Germans.
The director of the Gestapo answered only to Heinrich Himmler, and Himmler, only to the Fuhrer himself.
Still, at its largest in 1944, the Gestapo had only 31,000 agents to fulfill its grim brief across all of occupied Europe.
All over Europe, the Gestapo orchestrated mass killings on a daily basis.
Silence is golden, but too much of it might make the Gestapo boys suspicious.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
These numbers are placed on passports by Gestapo headquarters in Berlin or Dresden.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
They must think that we are like the Gestapo or something like that.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
But there are lots and lots of other Gestapo rats still alive and kicking.
Three Gestapo rats are dead and gone out of the picture for us.
- the secret state police in Nazi Germany, noted for its brutal methods of interrogation
Word Origin and History for gestapo
Nazi secret state police, 1934, from German Gestapo, contracted from "Geheime Staats-polizei," literally "secret state police," set up by Hermann Göring in Prussia in 1933, extended to all Germany in January 1934.