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)
Russian, from apparat, apparat; see apparat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian аппаратчик (apparátčik, "operator, apparatchik"), from аппарат (apparát, "apparat, apparatus (of state)") + suffix -чик. (Wiktionary)