Definition of thought police in US English:

thought police


  • treated as plural A group of people who aim or are seen as aiming to suppress ideas that deviate from the way of thinking that they believe to be correct.

    • ‘It is happy to be the thought police when it comes to our private lives, but it now wants to pass a law that discriminates against those whom we might not like and whom we might find offensive.’
    • ‘No, they are leading us towards becoming a third-world nation of thought police and mind control.’
    • ‘It's a provocative read - and, as the author notes, the kind of argument that can really get you in trouble with the conservative thought police.’
    • ‘Would you agree that there is a sort of mirror effect here, that liberalism does have its own history of intellectual coercion, and that the thought police are as likely to come from the left as from the right side of the political spectrum?’
    • ‘In Wales, as well as Scotland, democratic socialism survives and, thanks to devolution, there is nothing that the thought police in 10 Downing Street can do about it.’
    • ‘The feminist thought police do not take kindly to persons who challenge widely-held beliefs.’
    • ‘When I became a victim of the thought police I was genuinely surprised, and now I am afraid that my case has had a chilling effect on less established academics.’
    • ‘The result is tyranny, thought police, and stagnation, no intellectual and moral progress.’
    • ‘Does this bill mean, for example, that the board can still communicate directly with its employees without the Minister's thought police intervening?’
    • ‘The long reign of censorship is over: the pro-choice thought police can't continue to tell women abortion is only about cells or tissue or menstruation management.’
    • ‘Inclusiveness for us is about setting more people free - from the thought police of political correctness and from the stranglehold of paternalistic bureaucracy.’
    • ‘He shows that modern liberals act as virtual thought police to suppress ideas of which they disapprove.’
    • ‘To some it's the home of an oppressive thought police bent on turning workers into politically correct dullards.’
    • ‘We can meet face to face, in public, and have an loud, strong argument about our president and no one is going to call the thought police when one of us says that our president is the anti-Christ.’
    • ‘If you're based in Europe and say the wrong thing on the internet in the future, you could receive a visit from the thought police.’
    • ‘The sparkling music and inspiring words - anathema to the thought police of political correctness - can still stir any sympathetic listener.’
    • ‘We now face a Darwinian thought police that, save for employing physical violence, is as insidious as any secret police at ensuring conformity and rooting out dissent.’
    • ‘After pressure from the corporate thought police including a cease and desist letter and thousands of angry emails threatening such things as exile and eternal damnation, we decided to remove the site from the web.’
    • ‘The thought police will probably be knocking on my door very soon.’
    • ‘No, he is a hero to many but the thought police decide we must call him an extremist.’


thought police

/θɔt pəˈlis/