cheka

noun che·ka \ ˈchā(ˌ)kä \

Definition of cheka

plural -s
:secret police (as in a Communist-dominated country) having virtually unrestrained power over life and death

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Origin and Etymology of cheka

borrowed from Russian Čeka, from če + ka, initial letters of Črezvyčajnaja komissija, short for Vserossijskaja črezvyčajnaja komissija po bor'be s kontrrevoljuciej i sabotažem “All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counterrevolution and Sabotage,” name of the principal Bolshevik state security organ from 1917 to 1922


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