apparat

[ ap-uh-rat, ah-puh-raht ]
/ ˌæp əˈræt, ˌɑ pəˈrɑt /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. appalled,
  2. appalling,
  3. appaloosa,
  4. appanage,
  5. appar.,
  6. apparatchik,
  7. apparatus,
  8. apparatus criticus,
  9. apparel,
  10. apparent

Origin of apparat

1940–45; < Russian apparát orig., scientific apparatus < German < Latin apparātus. See apparatus

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Examples from the Web for apparat

  • 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

the Communist Party organization in the former Soviet Union and other states

Word Origin for apparat

Russian, literally: apparatus

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Word Origin and History for apparat

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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