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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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This entails an analysis of how political police monitored working class persons, organized labour groups, and the left between 1914-1920.
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"It was more importantly about (Margaret) Thatcher's manipulation of the police and creating a de facto political police force."

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