securocracy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

security +‎ -cracy (perhaps to rhyme with bureaucracy, where "cracy" is the suffix of Greek origin meaning "rule by").

Noun[edit]

securocracy (countable and uncountable, plural securocracies)

  1. (uncountable) The police and security service that dominated the South African government in the 1980s.
  2. (countable) Any of the powerful security services of certain other governments in countries throughout the world.

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