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Meaning of apparat

ap•pa•rat

Pronunciation: (ap"u-rat', ä"pu-rät'), [key]
— n.
  1. an organization or existing power structure, esp. a political one: a position of leadership within the party apparat; The chess apparat is not eager to change tournament rules.
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