a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization);
a communist who was a member of the administrative system of a communist party
- He's more like an American politician than a Chinese apparatchik.
- An apparatchik turns to the defence minister and asks, “Who are they?
- My nod and smile elicit no hint of friendliness in return.An old apparatchik, I wonder, or just someone with unbelievably retro tastes in clothes and hairstyles?