secret police


: a police organization operating for the most part in secrecy and especially for the political purposes of its government often with terroristic methods

Examples of secret police in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, much of China’s malicious cyber activities are carried out by the Ministry of State Security, or MSS, the country’s main intelligence agency and secret police. Christopher K. Tong, The Conversation, 31 May 2024 Former President Donald Trump at a Republican retreat compared President Joe Biden’s administration to the Nazi secret police, according to multiple outlets that obtained audio recordings of his comments. George Fabe Russell, USA TODAY, 5 May 2024 In the archive, Dr. Almada and a judge, José Agustín Fernández, found a critical historical record: an invitation to the head of the Paraguayan secret police for the meeting that launched Operation Condor in Santiago, Chile, in November 1975. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 The sense of continuity with their Soviet predecessors has even taken visible form in Russia: in September, Sergei Naryshkin, Russia’s head of foreign intelligence, inaugurated a new statue to the founder of the Soviet secret police in the courtyard of the SVR’s Moscow headquarters. Andrei Soldatov, Foreign Affairs, 27 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for secret police 

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secret police was in 1823

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“Secret police.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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secret police

: a police organization operating mostly in secrecy and especially for the political purposes of its government and often using methods of terrorists

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