Definition of bureaucrat in English:

bureaucrat

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘Tighter rules were needed to stop taxpayers' funds being wasted on party political advertising, a senior parliamentary bureaucrat has said.’
    • ‘The relationship between bureaucrat and citizen was that of ruler and subject.’
    • ‘This was because the senior bureaucrats being changed or shifted belonged to certain key departments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also hope in the fact that Putin's previous careers as a spy, bureaucrat and politician were marked by mediocrity, not achievement.’
    • ‘Remote groups of corporate private capitalists were replaced by remote boards of corporate public bureaucrats.’
    • ‘Even now I don't understand how this Communist bureaucrat came to this view.’
    • ‘Would he have some state bureaucrat decide which birth defect is economical to fix and which one should spell an immediate death sentence?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The controllers form a separate class of corporate bureaucrats little different in outlook from civil servants.’
    • ‘His analysis applies whether the bureaucrats in question are public spirited or not.’
    • ‘An Africa where bureaucrats sit on plastic sofas and do bent deals from offices papered with Oxbridge degree certificates.’
    • ‘My big gripe is that one left-wing bureaucrat should have so much power and cause our elected MEP to raise the alarm bells.’
    • ‘Hounded by petty bureaucrats out of his cramped offices on Calton Hill, art world legend Demarco has again landed on his feet.’
    • ‘We can't allow some government bureaucrat to label you an unlawful combatant, and thereby keep you in custody indefinitely.’
    • ‘Secondly, the issue of asylum seekers is far too serious an issue to some of us to be fast-tracked by some bureaucrat.’
    • ‘If found guilty, the state's top bureaucrat will face imprisonment up to three months.’
    • ‘I am all for catching my train more quickly, but I do wonder why the bureaucrats are evading a public debate.’
    • ‘By definition a bureaucrat is an official who insists on a rigid adherence to rules and routine regardless of the needs of the situation.’
    • ‘Office workers and bureaucrats in the cities dress much the same as they do in the West.’
    • ‘The doggedly determined bureaucrat has vowed to disqualify any winner who is corrupt, but that may prompt yet a third round of elections for the Senate.’
    • ‘If you're a complacent state sector bureaucrat, enjoying your job stability and looking forward to your lush pension, it's time to start worrying.’
    • ‘A sheet of paper - the texts of new drafts soon to be debated by faceless bureaucrats - were pored over.’
    • ‘One was a junior foreign ministry bureaucrat, Andrei Kozyrev, who was made foreign minister.’
    • ‘We'd save the 10 percent and the army of bureaucrats who administer the mess.’
    • ‘One former senior bureaucrat used to laugh that when most lobbyists come walking down the corridor, politicians turn out the lights and pretend not to be in.’
    • ‘Prime Minister José María Aznar rushed to contact Fidalgo personally and express his concern for the union bureaucrat's health.’
    • ‘In such systems, the role of the party man or woman in government has been largely indistinguishable from that of obedient bureaucrat.’
    • ‘But a senior health bureaucrat has contradicted that, saying he had briefed the Health Minister earlier.’
    • ‘Almost every influential politician and bureaucrat used this scam.’
    • ‘And what are the chances of redundant bureaucrats being made redundant?’
    • ‘However, many officials and bureaucrats agree that better management is essential.’
    • ‘I mean she was terribly aware of the bureaucrats and administrators with their workings.’
    • ‘Because the top concern of bureaucrats is to fend off future problems, the red tape piles up.’
    • ‘The real concern of the union bureaucrats is to not be left out of the ruling class' machinations.’
    • ‘If the Conservatives vow to crack down on those milking the taxpayer for their lifestyle, whether bureaucrat or welfare king/queen, it will have wide appeal.’
    • ‘He first said that a top official in the U.S. government told him about the possible plan and later changed it to a former U.S. bureaucrat.’
    • ‘For a relatively low-level bureaucrat, he maintained remarkable access to the President.’
    • ‘In the Communist world, there was always another bureaucrat to pay the piper, so long as he played the right propaganda tune for the time.’
    official, administrator, office-holder, office-bearer, civil servant, public servant, government servant, minister, functionary, appointee, apparatchik, mandarin
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie (see bureaucracy).

Pronunciation

bureaucrat

/ˈbjʊərəkrat/