Definition of apparat in US English:



  • The administrative system of a communist party, especially in a communist country.

    • ‘There is no need of a monolithic party if the effective apparat is in general agreement, makes the same assumptions.’
    • ‘But, even when staffed by people with little or no experience in the Communist Party apparat or Soviet state, the new executive institutions bore the unmistakable stamp of the Soviet epoch, and even of the tsarist period.’
    • ‘Thus it became accepted practice for the party apparat to direct particular members to particular tasks, to appoint and dismiss, without discussion or appeal.’
    • ‘When Soviet communism fell, nobody beyond a handful of military and apparat raised a hand to retrieve it.’
    • ‘Below the commissariats a huge bureaucratic apparat had developed which in 1941 employed eight times more officials than in 1913.’


Russian, from German, literally ‘apparatus’.