Definition of politburo in US English:



  • 1The principal policymaking committee of a communist party.

    • ‘The CPI, in fact, is holding its politburo meeting in the national capital over the issue today.’
    • ‘NRO is an online magazine of conservative opinion, not the ideological organ of the right-wing politburo.’
    • ‘At exactly the same time, from all these buildings, the inner circle of the politburo was coming to his party.’
    • ‘All the SF politburo have to do is blame ‘the securocrats’ on any setback.’
    • ‘Jailed in time-honoured fashion for four years, he eventually joined the politburo when Romania turned Communist in 1948.’
    • ‘Most of the members of the Communist Party's powerful politburo are expected to step down next year.’
    • ‘The key vote was taken in the party's central committee which overturned a previous decision of the smaller executive - the politburo - to retain Phieu in office.’
    • ‘The party politburo met late into the night and suspended several leading figures.’
    • ‘He is also suspected of having served as a candidate member of the powerful politburo of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.’
    • ‘Jele is a former member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress and central committee and politburo of the SA Communist Party.’
    • ‘Granted, the brutal treatment the citizenry's been subject to would seem to make your point for you, but do keep in mind the treatment newly absorbed nations tended to receive at the hands of the politburo.’
    • ‘This was only after Lynch compared democracy within the standing committee to the politburo.’
    • ‘Stick us in a virgin paradise, and we create great honeycombed bureaucracies, vast bramble-fields of rules and regulations, ornate politburos filled with policymaking politicos, and, above all, tangled webs of power.’
    • ‘He retired from the politburo at the Communist Party's sixth convention in 1986, when the country's ‘doi moi’ economic reforms were formally endorsed.’
    • ‘Song, who now teaches at the University of Muenster, is also suspected of having served on the politburo of the Workers' Party.’
    • ‘The fundamental problem that we've got is that public education has a quarter of its money tied up in highly centralised politburos, known as education departments.’
    • ‘The agenda for the three-day party convention does not include discussion on succession or earlier demands from dissenters that Mugabe's powers be reduced and the party politburo, its main policy-making body, be elected not appointed.’
    • ‘Could this be a new wrinkle on the Communist conspiracy of yore, the politburo's instructions replaced with marching orders issued by the Social Workers Soviet?’
    • ‘On November 9, the politburo met to discuss the growing democratic revolutions in other ‘socialist camp’ countries as well as events in Bulgaria itself.’
    • ‘The FSLN National Directorate, like a Communist Party politburo, was the sole entity governing both the instruments of coercion and the judicial system.’
    1. 1.1Politburo The principal policymaking committee in the former Soviet Union, founded in 1917.
      Also called (1952–66) the "Presidium"
      • ‘On Monday night the Politburo resigned, on Wednesday the government resigned - you could just see communism imploding.’
      • ‘The Politburo and Central Committee tried to remove him six months ago after his plan for a new constitution was rejected by voters.’
      • ‘He had been appointed to the ruling Politburo as recently as 1978 towards the end of the era of stagnation under Brezhnev.’
      • ‘Then it turned out that the comrades from the Central Committee and the Politburo had consumed only special food and beverages.’
      • ‘Ten years later he was elevated to the party's Central Committee and in 1990 joined its Politburo.’
      • ‘On his return to Moscow, he became the father of glasnost, a member of the Politburo and one of the most efficient demolishers of Bolshevism from within.’
      • ‘Zaisser, a Party supporter all his life, was stripped of his job and kicked out of the Politburo, the Central Committee, and the Party.’
      • ‘Clearly in the beginning, a majority of the Politburo restrained his instincts for openness.’
      • ‘There was no clear idea in the new Standing Committee of the Politburo (not yet formally elected) as to what should be done next.’
      • ‘During the remainder of 1970, Honecker built up support within the Politburo and the Central Committee.’
      • ‘There's a libertarian edge to Conservatism that recoils from the image of a Politburo having central control.’
      • ‘Nazarbayev was a ruling state bureaucrat and a member of the Politburo when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union.’
      • ‘I felt like I was explaining free enterprise to the Politburo in the old USSR.’
      • ‘He joined the foreign policy unit in the Politburo in 1971, and became Secretary of State in the Foreign Office in 1985.’
      • ‘After being discussed by the Standing Committee of the Politburo, nothing new was added.’
      • ‘If a definitive answer exists, it lies buried in the archives of the Politburo.’
      • ‘Prodded by the Stasi chief, the Politburo persuaded the Czech government to close its borders to East Germans.’
      • ‘The press did not reflect the very sharp struggle already taking place inside the party in the Central Committee and the Politburo.’
      • ‘From April 1922 Stalin was the only member of the oligarchy who was simultaneously a full member of the Politburo, the Orgburo, and the Secretariat.’
      • ‘Those on the platform sat in identical grey suits, looking like old images of the ruling Politburo in the former Stalinist states of Eastern Europe.’


From Russian politbyuro, from polit(icheskoe) byuro ‘political bureau’.