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.

    • ‘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 a complacent state sector bureaucrat, enjoying your job stability and looking forward to your lush pension, it's time to start worrying.’
    • ‘Office workers and bureaucrats in the cities dress much the same as they do in the West.’
    • ‘Would he have some state bureaucrat decide which birth defect is economical to fix and which one should spell an immediate death sentence?’
    • ‘We can't allow some government bureaucrat to label you an unlawful combatant, and thereby keep you in custody indefinitely.’
    • ‘A sheet of paper - the texts of new drafts soon to be debated by faceless bureaucrats - were pored over.’
    • ‘My big gripe is that one left-wing bureaucrat should have so much power and cause our elected MEP to raise the alarm bells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tighter rules were needed to stop taxpayers' funds being wasted on party political advertising, a senior parliamentary bureaucrat has said.’
    • ‘There is also hope in the fact that Putin's previous careers as a spy, bureaucrat and politician were marked by mediocrity, not achievement.’
    • ‘We'd save the 10 percent and the army of bureaucrats who administer the mess.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But a senior health bureaucrat has contradicted that, saying he had briefed the Health Minister earlier.’
    • ‘An Africa where bureaucrats sit on plastic sofas and do bent deals from offices papered with Oxbridge degree certificates.’
    • ‘One was a junior foreign ministry bureaucrat, Andrei Kozyrev, who was made foreign minister.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean she was terribly aware of the bureaucrats and administrators with their workings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Almost every influential politician and bureaucrat used this scam.’
    • ‘Secondly, the issue of asylum seekers is far too serious an issue to some of us to be fast-tracked by some bureaucrat.’
    • ‘His analysis applies whether the bureaucrats in question are public spirited or not.’
    • ‘This was because the senior bureaucrats being changed or shifted belonged to certain key departments.’
    • ‘And what are the chances of redundant bureaucrats being made redundant?’
    • ‘If found guilty, the state's top bureaucrat will face imprisonment up to three months.’
    • ‘Prime Minister José María Aznar rushed to contact Fidalgo personally and express his concern for the union bureaucrat's health.’
    • ‘The real concern of the union bureaucrats is to not be left out of the ruling class' machinations.’
    • ‘I am all for catching my train more quickly, but I do wonder why the bureaucrats are evading a public debate.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Remote groups of corporate private capitalists were replaced by remote boards of corporate public bureaucrats.’
    • ‘By definition a bureaucrat is an official who insists on a rigid adherence to rules and routine regardless of the needs of the situation.’
    • ‘The controllers form a separate class of corporate bureaucrats little different in outlook from civil servants.’
    • ‘For a relatively low-level bureaucrat, he maintained remarkable access to the President.’
    • ‘However, many officials and bureaucrats agree that better management is essential.’
    • ‘Even now I don't understand how this Communist bureaucrat came to this view.’
    • ‘In such systems, the role of the party man or woman in government has been largely indistinguishable from that of obedient bureaucrat.’
    • ‘Because the top concern of bureaucrats is to fend off future problems, the red tape piles up.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈbjʊrəˌkræt//ˈbyo͝orəˌkrat/