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apparatchik definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization); "Democratic apparatchiks"
2: a communist who was a member of the administrative system of a communist party

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -chiks; also apparatchiki) Etymology: Russian, from apparat Date: 1941 1. a member of a Communist apparat 2. a blindly devoted official, follower, or member of an organization (as a corporation or political party) <a movie studio apparatchik>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. apparatchiks or apparatchiki) 1 a a member of a Communist apparat. b a Communist agent or spy. 2 a a member of a political party in any country who executes policy; a jealous functionary. b an official of a public or private organization. Etymology: Russ.: see APPARAT

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(apparatchiks) An apparatchik is someone who works for a government or a political party and who always obeys orders. (FORMAL) N-COUNT [disapproval]



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