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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A police organization that employs terroristic methods to control a populace.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of the German security police organized under the Nazi regime.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or characteristic of terroristic police methods or operations.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[German Ge(heime) Sta(ats)po(lizei), secret state police : geheim, secret + Staat, state + Polizei, police.]

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Borrowing from German Gestapo.

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