[ap-uh-rat, ah-puh-raht]
an organization or existing power structure, especially a political one: a position of leadership within the party apparat; The chess apparat is not eager to change tournament rules.

1940–45; < Russian apparát orig., scientific apparatus < German < Latin apparātus. See apparatus Unabridged
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apparat (ˌæpəˈrɑːt)
the Communist Party organization in the former Soviet Union and other states
[Russian, literally: apparatus]

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Word Origin & History

"administrative machinery of the Communist Party in Russia," 1950, from Rus., from Ger. apparat "apparatus, instrument," from L. apparatus (see apparatus).
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Example sentences
At the same time, the influence of the party apparat seemed to be expanding.
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