noun, plural ap·pa·rat·chiks; Russian ap·pa·rat·chi·ki [uh-puh-raht-chyi-kyee] /ʌ pʌˈrɑt tʃyɪ kyi/.

  1. a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country.


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

“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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