[ah-puh-rah-chik; Russian uh-puh-raht-chyik]
noun, plural apparatchiks; Russian, apparatchiki [uh-puh-raht-chyi-kyee] .
a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country.

1940–45; < Russian apparátchik, equivalent to apparát apparat + -chik agent suffix Unabridged
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apparatchik (ˌæpəˈrɑːtʃɪk)
1.  a member of a Communist apparat
2.  an official or bureaucrat in any organization
[C20 from Russian, from apparat apparatus, instrument + -ckik, suffix denoting agent]

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