the secret police

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the secret police

:a police organization that is run by a government and that operates in a secret way to control the actions of people who oppose the government

Word by Word Definitions

secret play
  1. : kept from knowledge or view : hidden

  2. : marked by the habit of discretion : closemouthed

  3. : working with hidden aims or methods : undercover

  1. : something kept hidden or unexplained : mystery

  2. : something kept from the knowledge of others or shared only confidentially with a few

  3. : a method, formula, or process used in an art or operation and divulged only to those of one's own company or craft : trade secret

police play
  1. : govern

  2. : to control, regulate, or keep in order by use of police

  3. : to make clean and put in order

  1. : the internal organization or regulation of a political unit through exercise of governmental powers especially with respect to general comfort, health, morals, safety, or prosperity

  2. : control and regulation of affairs affecting the general order and welfare of any unit or area

  3. : the system of laws for effecting such control


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