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[byoo r-uh-krat] /ˈbyʊər əˌkræt/
an official of a bureaucracy.
an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment.
Origin of bureaucrat
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),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


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

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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