commissar
noun Etymology: Russian komissar, from German Kommissar, from Medieval Latin commissarius Date: 1918 1. a. a Communist party official assigned to a military unit to teach party principles and policies and to ensure party loyalty b. one that attempts to control public opinion or its expression 2. the head of a government department in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics until 1946 • commissarial adjective

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  • commissar — /kom euh sahr , kom euh sahr /, n. 1. the head of any of the major governmental divisions of the U.S.S.R.: called minister since 1946. 2. an official in any communist government whose duties include political indoctrination, detection of… …   Universalium

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