noun, plural bu·reauc·ra·cies.
- bureau of indian affairs,
- bureau of internal revenue,
- bureau of land management,
- bureau of mines,
- bureau of the census,
Origin of bureaucracy
Examples from the Web for bureaucracy
Depressing is really what Cuba has become—repression, bureaucracy, and crippling poverty.
In other words, what was once a matter of law, however imperfect, is now a matter of bureaucracy.
Only in bureaucracy or horror movies do people get in trouble for compelling acts of kindness.
When the mission becomes murky, and operations slow, bureaucracy creeps in to fill the gaps.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan|Nick Willard|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ICAO, a bureaucracy with 191 members, is neither of those things.It’s Scandalous to Keep Using Black Boxes in Airplanes Like MH370|Clive Irving|April 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nor can it be persuaded to exchange its birthright for any mess of efficiency-pottage at the hands of the bureaucracy.The Case For India|Annie Besant
The strength of a democracy is not in bureaucracy, it is in the people and their communities.
Let us break the Councils if the Bureaucracy does not concede to the demands of the people.Freedom Through Disobedience|C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
It was evident that the bureaucracy had been able to obstruct the measure.
In brief, the whole Russian bureaucracy was honeycombed by German influence.Bolshevism|John Spargo
noun plural -cies
1818, from French bureaucratie, coined by French economist Jean Claude Marie Vincent de Gournay (1712-1759) on model of democratie, aristocratie, from bureau "office," literally "desk" (see bureau) + Greek suffix -kratia denoting "power of" (see -cracy).
That vast net-work of administrative tyranny ... that system of bureaucracy, which leaves no free agent in all France, except for the man at Paris who pulls the wires. [J.S. Mill, "Westminster Review" XXVIII, 1837]
bureaucrat, &c. The formation is so barbarous that all attempt at self-respect in pronunciation may perhaps as well be abandoned. [Fowler]
A formal, hierarchical organization with many levels in which tasks, responsibilities, and authority are delegated among individuals, offices, or departments, held together by a central administration. According to many sociologists and anthropologists, the development of bureaucratic organizations is necessary for the emergence of any modern civilization. (See Max Weber.)