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An official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people's needs.‘the unemployed will be dealt with not by faceless bureaucrats but by individuals’
official, administrator, office-holder, office-bearer, civil servant, public servant, government servant, minister, functionary, appointee, apparatchik, mandarinjack-in-officeView synonyms
- ‘Because the top concern of bureaucrats is to fend off future problems, the red tape piles up.’
- ‘By definition a bureaucrat is an official who insists on a rigid adherence to rules and routine regardless of the needs of the situation.’
- ‘Prime Minister José María Aznar rushed to contact Fidalgo personally and express his concern for the union bureaucrat's health.’
- ‘His analysis applies whether the bureaucrats in question are public spirited or not.’
- ‘Office workers and bureaucrats in the cities dress much the same as they do in the West.’
- ‘The real concern of the union bureaucrats is to not be left out of the ruling class' machinations.’
- ‘An Africa where bureaucrats sit on plastic sofas and do bent deals from offices papered with Oxbridge degree certificates.’
- ‘This was because the senior bureaucrats being changed or shifted belonged to certain key departments.’
- ‘Hounded by petty bureaucrats out of his cramped offices on Calton Hill, art world legend Demarco has again landed on his feet.’
- ‘The controllers form a separate class of corporate bureaucrats little different in outlook from civil servants.’
- ‘Invariably a bureaucrat of the media company concerned fronts up and runs an abstract sort of case, but I insisted on turning up myself to argue my own case.’
- ‘If you're to assume that all people and all crimes are alike, then you don't need courts at all, you simply need a bureaucrat sitting in an office.’
- ‘I am all for catching my train more quickly, but I do wonder why the bureaucrats are evading a public debate.’
- ‘I mean she was terribly aware of the bureaucrats and administrators with their workings.’
- ‘And what are the chances of redundant bureaucrats being made redundant?’
- ‘A sheet of paper - the texts of new drafts soon to be debated by faceless bureaucrats - were pored over.’
- ‘However, many officials and bureaucrats agree that better management is essential.’
- ‘Remote groups of corporate private capitalists were replaced by remote boards of corporate public bureaucrats.’
- ‘We'd save the 10 percent and the army of bureaucrats who administer the mess.’
Mid 19th century: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie (see bureaucracy).
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