[ 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

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

Related forms

bu·reau·crat·ism [byoo r-uh-krat-iz-uh m, byoo-rok-ruh-tiz-] /ˈbyʊər ə krætˌɪz əm, byʊˈrɒk rəˌtɪz-/, noun
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Examples from the Web for bureaucratism

  • Bureaucratism demonstrates the limitations of opportunist ideology as a foundation for government.

    Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

British Dictionary definitions for bureaucratism


/ (ˈbjʊərəˌkræt) /


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

Derived Forms

bureaucratism (bjʊəˈrɒkrəˌtɪzəm), noun
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Culture definitions for bureaucratism


[ (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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