secret police


noun

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.

Origin of secret police

First recorded in 1920–25
Also called security police.
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Examples from the Web for secret police

  • But they were careful lest they be heard by a secret-police spy.

    The Story of Mankind|Hendrik Van Loon

British Dictionary definitions for secret police

secret police


noun

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