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Politburo

or Politbureau

[pol-it-byoo r-oh, poh-lit-, puh-lit-] /ˈpɒl ɪtˌbyʊər oʊ, ˈpoʊ lɪt-, pəˈlɪt-/
noun
1.
(often lowercase) the executive committee and chief policymaking body of a Communist Party.
Origin of Politburo
< Russian politbyuró, shortening of politícheskoe byuró political bureau
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  • Dissident individuals and groups are singled out for criticism by the Politburo.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Family connections played a key role in the composition of the Politburo in 1970.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • The commission's function was to elaborate the Politburo's directives on reforming the school system.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • Similar family relationships existed between the other Politburo members.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • Composed of eleven members and six candidate members, all Politburo members belong to the Central Committee.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for Politburo

Politburo

/ˈpɒlɪtˌbjʊərəʊ/
noun
1.
the executive and policy-making committee of a Communist Party
2.
the supreme policy-making authority in most Communist countries
Word Origin
C20: from Russian: contraction of Politicheskoe Buro political bureau
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Word Origin and History for Politburo
n.

"highest policy-making committee of the U.S.S.R.," 1927, from Russian politbyuro, contracted from politicheskoe byuro "political bureau."

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Politburo in Culture
politburo [(pol-it-byoor-oh, poh-lit-byoor-oh)]

A commonly used name for those who made the major governmental decisions in the former Soviet Union. A politburo, in general, is the chief committee of a communist party.

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