ge·​sta·​po | \ gə-ˈstä-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce gestapo (audio) \
plural gestapos

Definition of gestapo

: a secret-police organization employing underhanded and terrorist methods against persons suspected of disloyalty

Examples of gestapo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kim denies that his work today is repentance for past sins as a member of Kim Jong-il’s data gestapo. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "The Plot to Free North Korea With Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’," 1 Mar. 2015 The gestapo believes the Allies have installed a spy close to Wilhelm, and Brandt is assigned the task of rooting him out. Gary Thompson,, "WWII drama 'The Exception' offers old-fashioned intrigue, romance," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of gestapo

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gestapo

German, from Geheime Staatspolizei, literally, secret state police

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“Gestapo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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