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.
Pforzheim fell sidewise against the pink wall of petrol tins, still hung up by his apparat, and dribbling scarlet over the pink.
The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
Toujours en son triomphe ou ses dfaites,Elle apparat gante, et son cri sonne et son nom luit.
mile Verhaeren Stefan Zweig
the Communist Party organization in the former Soviet Union and other states
“administrative machinery of the Communist Party in Russia,” 1950, from Russian, from German apparat “apparatus, instrument,” from Latin apparatus (see apparatus).
a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country. Contemporary Examples Rivals tagged her an apparatchik, an heiress, handpicked by a mayor/mentor said to nickname her “ma petite Anne,” my little Anne. French Vote Thrusts Two Women Into the Spotlight Tracy McNicoll March 30, 2014 noun a member of a Communist apparat an official […]
a member of an apparat, especially in a Communist country. Contemporary Examples Or maybe Alibaba is doing what other companies are doing in China: gagging itself and its customers to appease the apparatchiks. Alibaba’s Dark Side: Censoring Customers Brendon Hong November 17, 2014 For GOP talkers and apparatchiks, Franken’s resume is almost too good to […]
a group or combination of instruments, machinery, tools, materials, etc., having a particular function or intended for a specific use: Our town has excellent fire-fighting apparatus. any complex instrument or mechanism for a particular purpose. any system or systematic organization of activities, functions, processes, etc., directed toward a specific goal: the apparatus of government; espionage […]
- Apparatus criticus
supplementary information, as variant readings, added to a text to provide material for study or criticism. Historical Examples It corrects details and adds a mass of apparatus criticus equal in bulk to the whole original work, but supplies no new ideas. The Evolution of States J. M. Robertson The apparatus criticus was a triumph of […]