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- n. See apparatus.
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- n. The Soviet machinery of state bureaucratic administration, or a similar communistic structure.
Russian, the government organization or staff, from German Apparat, a political organization, from Latin apparātus, preparation; see apparatus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian аппарат (apparát, "apparatus, apparat"); cognate to apparatus. (Wiktionary)