an official of a bureaucracy.
an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.

1835–45; < French bureaucrate. See bureau, -crat

bureaucratism [byoor-uh-krat-iz-uhm, byoo-rok-ruh-tiz-] , noun
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bureaucrat (ˈbjʊərəˌkræt)
1.  an official in a bureaucracy
2.  an official who adheres to bureaucracy, esp rigidly

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Word Origin & History

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 [(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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Example sentences
But when it comes to government, the myth of the useless bureaucrat persists.
Only a government bureaucrat would be happy with this situation.
Render your professional opinion and don't feel that you need to be a mindless
They'll come in handy when you meet a stubborn bureaucrat who speaks only
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