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

  • n. A member of a Communist apparat.
  • n. An unquestioningly loyal subordinate, especially of a political leader or organization.

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  • n. a communist who was a member of the administrative system of a communist party
  • n. a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization)


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

Russian, from apparat, apparat; see apparat.

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From Russian аппаратчик (apparátčik, "operator, apparatchik"), from аппарат (apparát, "apparat, apparatus (of state)") + suffix -чик.


  • So the term apparatchik in the Soviet world really means something very familiar.

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  • The former is headed by someone called Graham Dalton, who, it seems, is a time-serving apparatchik from the DoT, which, as we all know, is headed by that limpet-like nincompoop, Geoff BuffHoon, one of new Labour's 'Jack of All Trades & Master of None'.

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  • To take on a job which would normally be the preserve of an apparatchik is odd to say the least.

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  • So where does ABC News get off, on World News Tonight, with 11 million or so viewers watching, putting what amounts to a government apparatchik on TV, and then presenting his government-approved position as the "strongest argument for staying in Iraq," when in fact that government apparatchik is giving the party line lest his career be ended, and everybody knows that?


  • Nor do I think he will slink off to become a high paid, tax exempt international apparatchik, that is not in his nature.

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  • A quick look on Wikipedia reveals that the bands name is the Swedish word for apparatchik, which is of Russian origin and is used to describe "people who cause bureaucratic bottlenecks in otherwise efficient organisations".

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  • As a matter of fact, the first one here is "apparatchik," which you mentioned earlier.

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  • The excellent term "apparatchik" needs to be revived.

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  • Such lingering vestige of apparatchik dictate shows a lack of leadership confidence in China's ability to navigate a global economy increasingly denominated by free market ideals.

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  • Not because she believed him to be the apparatchik of the corporate criminal class she had accused him of being, but because her relationships were transactional: temporary bargains made of compatible interests.

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