bureaucrat

[ byoor-uh-krat ]
/ ˈbyʊər əˌkræt /

noun

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

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Origin of bureaucrat

From the French word bureaucrate, dating back to 1835–45. See bureau, -crat

OTHER WORDS FROM bureaucrat

bu·reau·crat·ism [byoor-uh-krat-iz-uhm, byoo-rok-ruh-tiz-], /ˈbyʊər ə krætˌɪz əm, byʊˈrɒk rəˌtɪz-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bureaucrat

bureaucrat
/ (ˈbjʊərəˌkræt) /

noun

an official in a bureaucracy
an official who adheres to bureaucracy, esp rigidly

Derived forms of bureaucrat

bureaucratism (bjʊəˈrɒkrəˌtɪzəm), noun
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Cultural definitions for bureaucrat

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 (see also organization man).)

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