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, czar
1. (until 1917) the emperor of Russia
2. Informal a public official charged with responsibility for dealing with a certain problem or issue
3. (formerly) any of several S Slavonic rulers, such as any of the princes of Serbia in the 14th century



(also, czar; from the latin caesar, the title used by the Roman emperors), in Russia and Bulgaria, the official title of the monarch. In Russia the title of tsar was first adopted by Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) in 1547. From 1721 the Russian tsars adopted the title of emperor. In Bulgaria the monarchs bore the title of tsar from the end of the 19th century to the proclamation of the People’s Republic in 1946.

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Indeed, many of the individuals who presidents have referred to publicly as czars do not qualify for the label under the preceding definitions.
Though the czars have become an easy target of conservative criticism during the Obama years, it is a fact that presidents of both parties have made use of them.
Thomas Jefferson and his fellow patriots might not have imagined that the new Republic they had midwifed would be the land of the (more or less) free and the home of the czars.
These days the president has czars to run all facets of the empire--the car industry, stimulus accountability, domestic violence, even the Great Lakes.
Matters have not reached that point with the current administration, but there is a danger that the additional bureaucracy of government by czar will mean less efficiency, leading to overlapping jurisdictions and turf battles that will only dim the nation's prospects for economic recovery.
chimes John Grant, singer with American country rock chiefs The Czars.
So people threw out the czars and brought in the Beards?
IT'S good news for heart doctors that Wales is to get a heart czar.
It's not so much that we need a children's czar, it's that we should have had one years before.
Its dancers, choreographers, and even ballet students had always been given special status and rewards by the czars.