police state

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Likely coined first in German Polizeistaat following the Carlsbad Decrees and the ensuing Demagogenverfolgungen, culminating in the crackdown of liberal and anarchical movements popular in the 1840s during the German revolutions of 1848–1849. Equivalent to police +‎ state.

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police state (plural police states)

  1. (usually derogatory) An enforcement institution designed to protect an autocratic government via strict and repressive control of the people.

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