Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The chief political and executive committee of a Communist party.

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  • n. The governing council of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and other Leninist political systems.
  • n. A senior policymaking body in a political organisation, generally consisting of members who either are appointed by the party in control of the organisation or who attain membership through their personal political affiliations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the chief executive and political committee of the Communist Party

Etymologies

Russian, contraction of Polit(icheskoe) Byuro, political bureau.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian Политическое Бюро (politíčeskoje bjuró) -> Политбюро (Politbjuró) or German Politisches Büro -> Politbüro (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether you call them a court, a junta or a politburo is irrelevant.

    The truth about left and right « Isegoria

  • One might add that such overriding emphasis on flag and anthem and face-driven notions of national interest, as decided entirely behind closed doors by something called a politburo is extremely old fashioned.

    Howard W. French: China's Ode to Legerdemain

  • The politburo, which is the highest decision-making body of the ruling ZANU-PF party met on Wednesday and discussed the possibility of imposing a state of emergency in response to "rising anger" over the treatment of Tsvangirai, unnamed sources told the Gazette.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A jubilant opposition has demanded Mugabe's resignation, but the former guerrilla leader known for a ruthless political fighting spirit has already called his politburo and central committee to emergency meetings this week.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The politburo is the most powerful body of the ruling party.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Mmm … I don't see what Pete has dubbed the politburo losing any sleep if the two other parties go into voluntary opposition.

    Slugger O'Toole

  • As a voting member of the DPVA central committee no, I do not feel I am part of a commie "politburo" and a strong supporter of Peter Russelot for the next chair of the party, I was quite surprised by the virulence of some of the comments made on the live feed of the committee that Blue Virginia provided.

    If at First You Don't Succeed...

  • Folks like Judy Feder and Brian Moran would like to take away all of our Freedoms and just let the "politburo" of centralized government run everything.

    REGIONAL TAX AUTHORITIES STRUCK DOWN

  • The DNC is behaving more and more like a Communist "politburo" that decrees who will be the "people's" candidate.

    Schneider: How did Clinton win big?

  • Mugabe's 26-member party "politburo," an elite policy-making body.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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