commissar [ kom- uh-sahr, kom- uh- sahr] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the head of any of the major governmental divisions of the U.S.S.R.: called minister since 1946. an official in any communist government whose duties include political indoctrination, detection of political deviation, etc. Origin of commissar 1915–20;
Medieval Latin commissārius commissary
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Examples from the Web for commissar Historical Examples of commissar
He is the
commissar of the 'Cheka' and she is the agent of this establishment.
It is not true that "every
commissar in Russia to-day is a Jew."
When the latter passed a vote of censure upon the activities of a
Commissar, he could practically do nothing more.
The assistants of the
Commissar were at the time away on duty, and Iordansky himself in Zhitomir.
Surely you must realize that the
Commissar is one of the busiest men in Transbalkania, Comrade. British Dictionary definitions for commissar noun (in the former Soviet Union) Also called: political commissar an official of the Communist Party responsible for political education, esp in a military unit Also called: People's Commissar (before 1946) the head of a government department Now called: minister Word Origin for commissar
C20: from Russian
kommissar, from German, from Medieval Latin commissārius commissary
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Word Origin and History for commissar n.
1918, from Russian
komissar, from German Kommissar "commissioner," from French, ultimately from Medieval Latin commissarius (see commissary).
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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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