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apparatchik (ˌæpəˈrɑːtʃɪk Pronunciation for apparatchik



  1. a member of a Communist apparat
  2. an official or bureaucrat in any organization

Word Origin

C20 from Russian, from apparat apparatus, instrument + -ckik, suffix denoting agent

Example Sentences Including 'apparatchik'

But his personality could not have been more different from the wooden ventriloquism of the average Soviet apparatchik.
Thatcher, Margaret The Downing Street Years
But the apparatchik is alive and talking in some influential parts of India.
India Today
In 1997 Alastair Campbell was only a communications apparatchik , a little-known but highly competent professional.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Khodorkovsky is a former apparatchik in the Soviet Young Communist League who moved into banking as the Soviet Union collapsed.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
She has trawled the archives of the commonwealth security services and traced Kisch's earlier and later careers as a communist apparatchik.
The Australian (2004)
Would he, a Labour apparatchik asked, like a tete-a-tete with Tony Blair this week?
Times, Sunday Times (2002)


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