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police state

n.
A state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the people, especially by means of a secret police force.

police state

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state or country in which a repressive government maintains control through the police

police′ state`


n.
a totalitarian state or country in which a national police force, esp. a secret police, suppresses any act that conflicts with government policy.
[1860–65]
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Noun1.police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)police state - a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)
dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, absolutism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
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