[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for apparatchik
/ (ˌæpəˈrɑːtʃɪk) /
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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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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