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Noun: police state  pu'lees steyt
  1. A country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police)

Derived forms: police states

Type of: absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny

Encyclopedia: Police state