The Alternative English Dictionary: apparatchik

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apparatchik {{wikipedia}} etymology From Russian аппара́тчик 〈apparátčik〉, from аппарат 〈apparat〉 + suffix -чик 〈-čik〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /apəˈɹatʃɪk/
  • (US) /æpəˈɹæt͡ʃɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (historical) A member of the Soviet apparat; a Communist bureaucrat or agent. {{defdate}}
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    • 2007 , Elizabeth , Roberts , Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro , Cornell Univ. Press , Ithaca , 9780801446016 , 2006048845 , 9776170M , 34 , http://books.google.com/books?id=G62MCZ3RiIEC&pg=PA34&dq=apparatchik , In these dire conditions the ambitious Serbo-Croatian Communist Party apparatchik Slobodan Milošević played the national card in Kosovo.
  2. A blindly loyal bureaucrat. {{defdate}}
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