An official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people's needs.
official, administrator, office-holder, office-bearer, civil servant, public servant, government servant, minister, functionary, appointee, apparatchik, mandarinjack-in-officeView synonyms
- ‘One was a junior foreign ministry bureaucrat, Andrei Kozyrev, who was made foreign minister.’
- ‘We can't allow some government bureaucrat to label you an unlawful combatant, and thereby keep you in custody indefinitely.’
- ‘But a senior health bureaucrat has contradicted that, saying he had briefed the Health Minister earlier.’
- ‘If found guilty, the state's top bureaucrat will face imprisonment up to three months.’
- ‘Almost every influential politician and bureaucrat used this scam.’
- ‘Even now I don't understand how this Communist bureaucrat came to this view.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There is also hope in the fact that Putin's previous careers as a spy, bureaucrat and politician were marked by mediocrity, not achievement.’
- ‘Tighter rules were needed to stop taxpayers' funds being wasted on party political advertising, a senior parliamentary bureaucrat has said.’
- ‘Would he have some state bureaucrat decide which birth defect is economical to fix and which one should spell an immediate death sentence?’
- ‘The relationship between bureaucrat and citizen was that of ruler and subject.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Secondly, the issue of asylum seekers is far too serious an issue to some of us to be fast-tracked by some bureaucrat.’
- ‘In such systems, the role of the party man or woman in government has been largely indistinguishable from that of obedient bureaucrat.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For a relatively low-level bureaucrat, he maintained remarkable access to the President.’
- ‘My big gripe is that one left-wing bureaucrat should have so much power and cause our elected MEP to raise the alarm bells.’
Mid 19th century: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie (see bureaucracy).
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