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Related to commissar: political commissar
a. An official of the Communist Party in charge of political indoctrination and the enforcement of party loyalty.
b. The head of a commissariat in the Soviet Union until 1946.
2. A person who tries to control public opinion.
[Russian komissar, from German Kommissar, deputy, from Medieval Latin commissārius, agent; see commissary.]
(in the former Soviet Union) n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called: political commissar an official of the Communist Party responsible for political education, esp in a military unit
2. (Historical Terms) Also called: People's Commissar (before 1946) the head of a government department. Now called: minister
[C20: from Russian kommissar, from German, from Medieval Latin commissārius commissary]
com•mis•sar(ˈkɒm əˌsɑr, ˌkɒm əˈsɑr)
1. the head of a major governmental division in the U.S.S.R.: called minister after 1946.
2. an official in any communist government whose duties include political indoctrination, detection of political deviation, etc.
[1915–20; < Russian komissár < German Kommissar < Medieval Latin commissārius commissary]