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[ah-puh-rah-chik; Russian uh-puh-raht-chyik] /ˌɑ pəˈrɑ tʃɪk; Russian ʌ pʌˈrɑt tʃyɪk/
noun, plural apparatchiks; Russian, apparatchiki
[uh-puh-raht-chyi-kyee] /ʌ pʌˈrɑt tʃyɪ kyi/ (Show IPA)
a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country.
Origin of apparatchik
1940-45; < Russian apparátchik, equivalent to apparát apparat + -chik agent suffix Unabridged
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a member of a Communist apparat
an official or bureaucrat in any organization
Word Origin
C20 from Russian, from apparat apparatus, instrument + -ckik, suffix denoting agent
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Word Origin and History for apparatchik

"Communist agent or spy," 1941, originally in writings of Arthur Koestler, from Russian, from apparat "political organization" (see apparat). Russian plural is apparatchiki.

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An aide, staff member, etc, esp of a ureaucrati sort; flunky; running dog: the politicians and their technocratic apparatchiki on both sides

[fr Russian, ''member of the Communist party, or apparat'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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