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apparat

[ap-uh-rat, ah-puh-raht] /ˌæp əˈræt, ˌɑ pəˈrɑt/
noun
1.
an organization or existing power structure, especially a political one:
a position of leadership within the party apparat; The chess apparat is not eager to change tournament rules.
Origin of apparat
1940-1945
1940-45; < Russian apparát orig., scientific apparatus < German < Latin apparātus. See apparatus
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Examples from the Web for apparat
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  • Toujours en son triomphe ou ses dfaites,Elle apparat gante, et son cri sonne et son nom luit.

    mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig
  • Pforzheim fell sidewise against the pink wall of petrol tins, still hung up by his apparat, and dribbling scarlet over the pink.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
British Dictionary definitions for apparat

apparat

/ˌæpəˈrɑːt/
noun
1.
the Communist Party organization in the former Soviet Union and other states
Word Origin
Russian, literally: apparatus
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Word Origin and History for apparat
n.

"administrative machinery of the Communist Party in Russia," 1950, from Russian, from German apparat "apparatus, instrument," from Latin apparatus (see apparatus).

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