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

  • n. A state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the people, especially by means of a secret police force.

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  • n. A nation or state whose government exercises strict and repressive control of the people, by means of police.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)

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