Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The German internal security police as organized under the Nazi regime, known for its terrorist methods directed against those suspected of treason or questionable loyalty.
  • n. A police organization that employs terroristic methods to control a populace.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the German security police organized under the Nazi regime.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of terroristic police methods or operations: gestapo tactics.

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  • proper n. The secret police of the Nazi party in the Second World War

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  • n. the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods

Etymologies

German Ge(heime) Sta(ats)po(lizei), secret state police : geheim, secret + Staat, state + Polizei, police.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Gestapo. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The word Gestapo frightened me more than my injuries.

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  • Sanders later said he was speaking for himself, but didn't back down on using the term Gestapo that is associated with Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

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  • Youlus, an Orthodox rabbi and sofer, or Torah scribe, told his well-intentioned but gullible marks, among other things, that he had found two such Torah scrolls buried in what he called a "Gestapo body bag" in a Ukrainian mass-grave of murdered Jews.

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  • SCHIAVONE: A statement by a coalition of self-described immigrant rights groups criticized what it called Gestapo-like police actions targeting illegal aliens and their employers.

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  • He also complained about what he called Gestapo-styled security at the Bloemfontein conference where PASO members were manhandled.

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  • Many of the respondents in this group linked their indifference to the risks inherent in adopting another, more sympathetic, view: The Gestapo is very sensitive about it.

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  • Getting shut down by the parking Gestapo is a universal human experience, one that transcends language.

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