Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See apparatus.

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  • n. The Soviet machinery of state bureaucratic administration, or a similar communistic structure.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • But Mr. Medvedev's lack of a background in the security services or a base of support in the apparat was a plus.

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  • The Democratic Party national "apparat" lacks the guts and sense to stand up for what our country was founded for.

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  • "apparat" fighting discrimination simply because the realization of the goal might take time.

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  • The photographer was my old friend Bill Seil, who was at the time a newspaper reporter and is now ensconced in the Boeing PR apparat.

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  • But it did set up an intriguing beginning to the show's ninth season in the fall, one which says nefarious things about our national security apparat.

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  • However, Gadhafi's internal security apparat was less extensive than Saddam Hussein's, and most of the mercenaries will melt away.

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  • How could such a person, who also had full access to information gathered by the world's most sophisticated intelligence apparat -- as well as information from the CIA -- have been so disastrously wrong?

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  • So far the recovery has favored the government-dominated apparat and those places where public workers congregate.

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