Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various permanent executive committees in Communist countries having power to act for a larger governing body.
  • n. An executive committee of the Supreme Soviet headed by the president.

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  • n. Such an executive committee headed by the President of the Supreme Soviet.

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

  • n. a permanent executive committee in socialist countries that has all the powers of some larger legislative body and that acts for it when it is not in session

Etymologies

Russian prezidium, from Latin praesidium, garrison; see presidio.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian президиум (prezídium), from Latin praesidium. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The presidium is a presiding committee, composed of representatives of the groups and political factions represented in the assembly, in proportion to their numbers.

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  • The four, known as the presidium, effectively control the party, but their "election" came after months of infighting between Mujuru's supporters and those who want this congress's loser, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to replace Mugabe.

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  • The four, known as the presidium, effectively control the party

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  • Cherries* - Dehydrofreezing, cultivar selection (S. Gobbi et al.), Physicochemical characteristics and antioxidant activity of sweet cherries (M. Plessi et al.), Use of nets against fruit cherry fly (V. Ughini et al.), The slow food "presidium" of traditional Vignola cherries (S. Zocca).

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  • The poised "presidium" of the 1980 interfactory committee — the directing summit of the workers 'confrontation with the state — was but a formal surfacing of a community of Baltic oppositionists populated by many worker activists who had labored in concert before KOR was ever formed.

    Solidarity's Sources

  • A "presidium" has been created of these plus the foreign, interior, defence, health and social development, agriculture and regional development ministers.

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  • Anyhow, now the central presidium urges me to scan my computer for credit card and social security numbers, a process that takes forever and yields a bunch of false hits — ten-digit clusters that are not, in fact, social security numbers at all, but rather the accession numbers of various objects that belong to other art museums.

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  • The service identified Mr. Yang as a vice president of parliament's presidium and a member of the political bureau of the party's Central Committee.

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  • A photo from Korea Central News Agency, the nation's official news service, showed Mr. Carter greeting Kim Yong-nam, president of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea.

    Carter in North Korea

  • How shocking when this Arizona “maverick” -- he deserved the label far more than John McCain ever did (if he ever did) -- won the Republican nomination in a knock-down brawl with the presidium, led by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, that had run the party until then.

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