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

Word History


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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“Cheka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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