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Apr 17, 2003
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Words derived from many different languages

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sangfroid
dragoman
hinterland
apparat
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apparat

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apparat (ap-uh-RAT, ah-puh-RAT) noun

Structure, mechanism, etc. of an organization, especially a political one.

[From Russian apparat, from German, from Latin apparatus (equipment).]

"Alice (Mahon) has no intention of handing her seat on to a miserable lackey of the hated apparat."
Matthew Norman; Comment and Analysis: Diary; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 27, 1999.

"That seemed destined to change after the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65, which relaxed the grip of the papal apparat and elevated the importance of individual conscience."
Bill Keller; Is the Pope Catholic?; The New York Times; May 4, 2002.

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