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secret police

n.
A police force operating largely in secret and often using terror tactics to suppress dissent and political opposition.

secret police

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a police force that operates relatively secretly to check subversion or political dissent

se′cret police′


n.
a police force that operates secretly, esp. to suppress dissent against the government.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.secret police - a police force that operates in secrecy (usually against persons suspected of treason or sedition)
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
Gestapo - the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods
Translations
شُرْطَةٌ سِرِّيَّه
tajná policie
hemmeligt politi
titkosrendõrség
leynilögregla
gizli polis

secret police

n the secret policela polizia segreta

secret

(ˈsiːkrit) adjective
hidden from, unknown to, or not told to, other people. a secret agreement; He kept his illness secret from everybody.
noun
1. something which is, or must be kept, secret. The date of their marriage is a secret; industrial secrets.
2. a hidden explanation. I wish I knew the secret of her success.
ˈsecrecy noun
the state of being or the act of keeping secret.
ˈsecretive (-tiv) adjective
inclined to conceal one's activities, thoughts etc. secretive behaviour.
ˈsecretively adverb
ˈsecretiveness noun
ˈsecretly adverb
in such a way that others do not know, see etc. He secretly copied the numbers down in his notebook.
secret agent
a spy.
secret police
a police force whose activities are kept secret and which is concerned mostly with political crimes.
in secret
secretly. This must all be done in secret.
keep a secret
not to tell (something secret) to anyone else. You can't trust her to keep a secret.
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What happened constitutes a violation of privacy and unlawful tapping, which brings to mind the practices of the Mubarak regime and his political police known as the State Security Department," five rights watchdogs said in a joint statement.
This incident shows the return of the political police, known as State Security, to its worst tactics of chasing, abusing and violating the privacy of activists," ANHRI's statement read.
Referring to life in Communist-era East Germany, where Merkel grew up, he warned that not so long ago "there was a part of Germany where political police were spying on people's lives daily.