Etymology
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apparatchik (n.)

"Communist agent or spy," 1941, originally in writings of Arthur Koestler, from Russian, from apparat "political organization" (see apparat). Russian plural is apparatchiki.

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Definitions of apparatchik

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