from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A police force operating largely in secret and often using terror tactics to suppress dissent and political opposition.
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- n. A police force operating in secrecy and outside the normal boundaries of law, usually in support of a totalitarian government to suppress political dissent.
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- n. a police force that operates in secrecy (usually against persons suspected of treason or sedition)
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