Definition of deep state in US English:

deep state


  • A body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.

    ‘the deep state and its policy of allowing extremist ideologies to flourish may be the actual issues of concern’
    • ‘And everyone in DC is in a position to be pressured to do what the Deep State wants, or else.’
    • ‘The military commanders of the Deep State do not take up the plow once they lay down the sword.’
    • ‘Ultimately that would disrupt the US deep state.’
    • ‘The Deep State does not consist of the entire government.’
    • ‘Should he win the election, the apparatus of the deep state will constrict him and not be cooperative.’
    • ‘One would like to believe that the Deep State top dogs actually have some sort of "vision" going for them.’
    • ‘The amazing thing about the American system is just how it shields from general view the workings of the Deep State.’
    • ‘Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State.’
    • ‘Knowledge as power means understanding how these things work relative to the deep state.’
    • ‘Does the executive even really control these deep state functionaries?’


1990s: probably a translation of Turkish derin devlet (the term was first used with reference to Turkey).