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bureaucrat

[byoo r-uh-krat] /ˈbyʊər əˌkræt/
noun
1.
an official of a bureaucracy.
2.
an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.
Origin of bureaucrat
1835-1845
1835-45; < French bureaucrate. See bureau, -crat
Related forms
bureaucratism
[byoo r-uh-krat-iz-uh m, byoo-rok-ruh-tiz-] /ˈbyʊər ə krætˌɪz əm, byʊˈrɒk rəˌtɪz-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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bureaucrat

/ˈbjʊərəˌkræt/
noun
1.
an official in a bureaucracy
2.
an official who adheres to bureaucracy, esp rigidly
Derived Forms
bureaucratism (bjʊəˈrɒkrəˌtɪzəm) noun
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Word Origin and History for bureaucrat
n.

1839, from French bureaucrate (19c.); see bureaucracy.

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bureaucrat in Culture
bureaucrat [(byoor-uh-krat)]

Someone who works in or controls a bureaucracy. The term is often used negatively to describe a petty, narrow-minded person. (See also conformity and organization man.)

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