- secret police
- N-UNCOUNT: also the NThe secret police is a police force in some countries that works secretly and deals with political crimes committed against the government.
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Secret police — (sometimes political police) are a police agency which operates in secrecy to maintain national security against internal threats to the state.Secret police forces are typically associated with totalitarian regimes, as they are often used to… … Wikipedia
secret police — secret po lice n the secret police a police force controlled by a government, that secretly tries to defeat the political enemies of that government … Dictionary of contemporary English
secret police — ► NOUN (treated as pl. ) ▪ a police force working in secret against a government s political opponents … English terms dictionary
secret police — n. a police force that operates secretly, esp. for suppressing opposition to the government … English World dictionary
secret police — noun a police force that operates in secrecy (usually against persons suspected of treason or sedition) • Hypernyms: ↑police, ↑police force, ↑constabulary, ↑law • Hyponyms: ↑Gestapo * * * noun the secret police : a p … Useful english dictionary
secret police — 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… … Universalium
secret police — noun the secret police a police force controlled by a government, that secretly tries to defeat the political enemies of that government … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
secret police — Synonyms and related words: Cheka, FBI, Gestapo, Interpol, MP, MVD, Mounties, NKVD, OGPU, RCMP, SP, Scotland Yard, bugging, cloak and dagger work, constabulary, counterespionage, counterintelligence, county police, electronic surveillance, espial … Moby Thesaurus
secret police — noun [treated as plural] a police force working in secret against a government s political opponents … English new terms dictionary
secret police — se′cret police′ n. gov a police force that operates secretly, esp. to suppress dissent against the government • Etymology: 1920–25 … From formal English to slang