Commissar



[kom-uh-sahr, kom-uh-sahr] /ˈkɒm əˌsɑr, ˌkɒm əˈsɑr/

noun
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 political deviation, etc.
/ˈkɒmɪˌsɑː; ˌkɒmɪˈsɑː/
noun (in the former Soviet Union)
1.
Also called political commissar. an official of the Communist Party responsible for political education, esp in a military unit
2.
Also called People’s Commissar. (before 1946) the head of a government department Now called minister
n.

1918, from Russian komissar, from German Kommissar “commissioner,” from French, ultimately from Medieval Latin commissarius (see commissary).
commissar [(kom-uh-sahr)]

In various communist systems of government, an official assigned to a group to ensure the group’s conformity to Communist party doctrine. The heads of government departments in the former Soviet Union were called commissars.

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