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1. The German internal security police as organized under the Nazi regime, known for its terrorist methods directed against those suspected of treason or questionable loyalty.
2. gestapo pl. ge·sta·pos A police organization that employs terroristic methods to control a populace.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the German security police organized under the Nazi regime.
2. gestapo Of, relating to, or characteristic of terroristic police methods or operations: gestapo tactics.
[German Ge(heime) Sta(ats)po(lizei), secret state police : geheim, secret + Staat, state + Polizei, police.]
Gestapo(ɡɛˈstɑːpəʊ; German ɡeˈʃtaːpo)
(Historical Terms) the secret state police in Nazi Germany, noted for its brutal methods of interrogation
[from German Ge(heime) Sta(ats)po(lizei), literally: secret state police]
the German secret police during the Nazi regime, notorious for its brutality.
[< German (1933), acronym for Ge(heime)Sta(ats)po(lizei) secret state police]
“Geheime Staatspolizei” The German secret state police, established by Goering in 1933 to arrest and murder opponents of the Nazi Party. Enlarged under Himmler 1934, it became part of the SS 1936.
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|Noun||1.||Gestapo - the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods|
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
secret police - a police force that operates in secrecy (usually against persons suspected of treason or sedition)