Gestapo definition

gə-stäpō, -shtä-
A police organization that employs terroristic methods to control a populace.
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Any secret police.
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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.
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The secret police force of the German Nazi state, notorious for its terrorism, brutality, etc.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of the German security police organized under the Nazi regime.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of terroristic police methods or operations.

Gestapo tactics.

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(slang) Any police force or other authority regarded variously as sinister, ruthless, brutal, etc.
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Origin of gestapo

  • German Ge(heime) Sta(ats)po(lizei) secret state police geheim secret Staat state Polizei police

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition