Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Apparatchik


Language of Origin:


About the Word:

Nowadays, apparatchik is generally used as a mild insult for a blindly devoted official, follower, or member of an organization, such as a corporation or political party.

For example, an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times described a London mayoral candidate as, "a lifelong left-wing activist, a local government apparatchik, a consummate manipulator of subcommittees and votes of confidence."

Originally the word referred specifically to a Communist official or agent. It comes from the Russian apparat meaning "party machine" – and for much of the 20th century specifically "the political machine of the Communist party" – + -chik, an agent suffix.

(source: Merriam-Webster, 10 favorite words from foreign languages)

Tags: a, noun, russian, wordsmith: med_cat

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