ge·​sta·​po gə-ˈstä-(ˌ)pō How to pronounce gestapo (audio)
plural gestapos
: 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 There are some remarkable performances, including an unforgettable portrayal by British actor Clifford Rose, who plays the ruthless and effective local gestapo chief Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kessler. The Editors, Outside Online, 4 Apr. 2020 His mother had fed some of the 500 Russian prisoners in the town and so was taken away by the gestapo. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 4 Oct. 2020 Cuba’s primal scream for liberty on July 11 has gone viral and exposed the grisly methods used by Cuba’s gestapo to keep the lid on dissent. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, 25 July 2021 They’ve been smeared as the ‘gestapo’ for doing their jobs. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, 14 Dec. 2020 Kim denies that his work today is repentance for past sins as a member of Kim Jong-il’s data gestapo. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 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,, 5 July 2017 See More

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Word History


German, from Geheime Staatspolizei, literally, secret state police

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gestapo was in 1934

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“Gestapo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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