- a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country.
Origin of apparatchik
Examples from the Web for apparatchiks
Or maybe Alibaba is doing what other companies are doing in China: gagging itself and its customers to appease the apparatchiks.Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers
November 18, 2014
The fact that she knew so little about Nixon and his apparatchiks is what makes this documentary so special.The Nixon Home Movies: Glimpses of Tragedy in ‘Our Nixon’
August 24, 2013
As he gets his feet wet at City Hall, he's likely to rely on Daley apparatchiks and influential donors for guidance.Rahm vs. the Left
October 5, 2010
For GOP talkers and apparatchiks, Franken's resume is almost too good to be true.Al Franken is the Right's New Punching Bag
January 5, 2009
- a member of a Communist apparat
- an official or bureaucrat in any organization
Word Origin and History for apparatchiks
"Communist agent or spy," 1941, originally in writings of Arthur Koestler, from Russian, from apparat "political organization" (see apparat). Russian plural is apparatchiki.