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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.
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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  • They could also harm the bureaucrats and politicians who often feed off public works projects and big industrial polluters.
  • And he got even the seasoned, older bureaucrats this way.
  • Many were, in essence, lavishly paid bureaucrats-caretakers more than creators.
  • And it becomes frustrating to government bureaucrats who want a simple measure to validate the distribution of public money.
  • It seems to me that catalogs of data would be influenced by the amount of bureaucrats paid to track said data.
  • After all, the bureaucrats argued, the deceased is not really a patient and so the autopsy is not really a treatment.
  • And when they do, they get talked down by politicians and bureaucrats.
  • It would be easy if you could always count on government and bureaucrats to make the proper decision.
  • He also had an actor's ability to improvise, natural leadership skills, and a distrust of bureaucrats.
  • The wealthy have always found it more economical to bribe bureaucrats than to pay taxes.
British Dictionary definitions for bureaucrats


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 bureaucrats



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bureaucrats 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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