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Meaning of commissar

com•mis•sar

Pronunciation: (kom'u-sär", kom"u-sär'), [key]
— 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 political deviation, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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