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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
- ‘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.’
- ‘The controllers form a separate class of corporate bureaucrats little different in outlook from civil servants.’
- ‘Hounded by petty bureaucrats out of his cramped offices on Calton Hill, art world legend Demarco has again landed on his feet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This was because the senior bureaucrats being changed or shifted belonged to certain key departments.’
- ‘By definition a bureaucrat is an official who insists on a rigid adherence to rules and routine regardless of the needs of the situation.’
- ‘We'd save the 10 percent and the army of bureaucrats who administer the mess.’
- ‘Remote groups of corporate private capitalists were replaced by remote boards of corporate public bureaucrats.’
- ‘However, many officials and bureaucrats agree that better management is essential.’
- ‘A sheet of paper - the texts of new drafts soon to be debated by faceless bureaucrats - were pored over.’
- ‘Because the top concern of bureaucrats is to fend off future problems, the red tape piles up.’
- ‘And what are the chances of redundant bureaucrats being made redundant?’
- ‘Prime Minister José María Aznar rushed to contact Fidalgo personally and express his concern for the union bureaucrat's health.’
- ‘I mean she was terribly aware of the bureaucrats and administrators with their workings.’
- ‘I am all for catching my train more quickly, but I do wonder why the bureaucrats are evading a public debate.’
- ‘His analysis applies whether the bureaucrats in question are public spirited or not.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Office workers and bureaucrats in the cities dress much the same as they do in the West.’
Mid 19th century: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie (see bureaucracy).
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