commissar

noun com·mis·sar \ ˈkä-mə-ˌsär \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of commissar

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 U.S.S.R. until 1946

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Origin and Etymology of commissar

borrowed from Russian komissar, borrowed from German Kommissar, earlier Commissar "person delegated to perform an office, commissioner" borrowed from Medieval Latin commissārius commissary


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