- 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
1940–45; < Russian apparát orig., scientific apparatus < German < Latin apparātus. See apparatus
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Examples from the Web for apparat
- the Communist Party organization in the former Soviet Union and other states
Russian, literally: apparatus
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Word Origin and History for apparat
"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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