[byoo r-uh-krat] /ˈbyʊər əˌkræt/
an official of a bureaucracy.
an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.
1835–45; < French bureaucrate. See bureau, -crat
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[byoo r-uh-krat-iz-uh m, byoo-rok-ruh-tiz-] /ˈbyʊər ə krætˌɪz əm, byʊˈrɒk rəˌtɪz-/ (Show IPA),
Example Sentences for bureaucrat
But when it comes to government, the myth of the useless bureaucrat persists.
Only a government bureaucrat would be happy with this situation.
The place is declared a disaster area, and an evil government bureaucrat orders that the town be domed.
No government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat should get between you and the care you need.
It's often better to be a government bureaucrat than to be an entrepreneur.
Render your professional opinion and don't feel that you need to be a mindless bureaucrat.
They'll come in handy when you meet a stubborn bureaucrat who speaks only baksheesh.
And you thought being a federal bureaucrat was boring.
It is the compulsory finishing school for every potential bureaucrat.
But as a bureaucrat with no power base of his own, he met resistance from both sides.
British Dictionary definitions for bureaucrat
bureaucrat (ˈbjʊərəˌkræt)
1.  an official in a bureaucracy
2.  an official who adheres to bureaucracy, esp rigidly

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Word Origin and History for bureaucrat
1842, from Fr. bureaucrate (19c.); see bureaucracy.
"bureaucrat, &c. The formation is so barbarous that all attempt at self-respect in pronunciation may perhaps as well be abandoned." [Fowler]
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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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