apparatchik

[ ah-puh-rah-chik; Russian uh-puh-raht-chyik ]
/ ˌɑ pəˈrɑ tʃɪk; Russian ʌ pʌˈrɑt tʃyɪk /

noun, plural ap·pa·rat·chiks; Russian ap·pa·rat·chi·ki [uh-puh-raht-chyi-kyee] /ʌ pʌˈrɑt tʃyɪ kyi/.

a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country.

Origin of apparatchik

1940–45; < Russian apparátchik, equivalent to apparát apparat + -chik agent suffix
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apparatchik

/ (ˌæpəˈrɑːtʃɪk) /

noun

a member of a Communist apparat
an official or bureaucrat in any organization

Word Origin for apparatchik

C20 from Russian, from apparat apparatus, instrument + -ckik, suffix denoting agent
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