Definition of police state in English:

police state


  • A totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens' activities.

    • ‘By the looks of things you are going to be a police state soon.’
    • ‘In their political systems, they created police states, one-party systems led by a charismatic dictator.’
    • ‘On the other hand, cooperation with corrupt law enforcement organizations - or with police forces from police states - compromises our own law enforcement process.’
    • ‘Politically, they functioned as police states, with an absence of elementary democratic rights.’
    • ‘Never shall we allow a conglomerated media or a fascist police state to control our minds and our way of life.’
    • ‘Smokers are being treated like lepers, the new outcasts in a health police state gone out of control.’
    • ‘We certainly do not need another front man for imperialist aggression around the world and a police state at home.’
    • ‘It has become a police state where we haven't got any human rights.’
    • ‘Even dictatorships and police states have fewer citizens behind bars.’
    • ‘The majority of the ‘western’ nations here are patriarchal police states.’
    • ‘The main aim of the speech was to justify the growing accumulation of private wealth and the growth of an authoritarian police state.’
    • ‘The practice of detaining people in the streets and busting into their homes and workplaces to check on their identification is common in police states.’
    • ‘No, the last dictatorships in the United States, which were the police states of Mississippi and Alabama, were taken down through peaceful protest that spurred legislation.’
    • ‘Its another step towards a police state where control is active.’
    • ‘This is supposed to be a democracy not a dictatorship: deploying the police and the regiment to frighten and intimidate citizens are strategies utilised by most dictatorship and police states.’
    • ‘Wouldn't a police state be a timocracy as defined by Plato?’
    • ‘There have been decades of experience here of police states - both fascist and Stalinist.’
    • ‘All attempts by socialists to change that fact have been abject failures, ending in Soviet police states, or fascist victory or a sterile capitalism where workers learn to hug their chains.’
    • ‘Bit by bit this government is building a police state, and it must be stopped.’
    • ‘In the name of the so-called ‘war on terror’ the framework of a police state is being put in place.’


police state

/pəˈlēs ˈstāt/