Definition of technocrat in US English:



  • 1An exponent or advocate of technocracy.

    • ‘But the age of the generals was over and that of the ideologues and technocrats had begun.’
    • ‘In Italy, governments of so-called technocrats have been repeatedly appointed during periods of political crisis to work alongside cabinets of politically unaffiliated specialists.’
    • ‘What the witch - hunters want us to do is to live the life of servitude to state power, as technocrats and as ideologues.’
    • ‘The other group comprises global capitalists and technocrats.’
    • ‘After all, there would appear to be no less reason to apply the same sort of language to Laskian socialists or Keynesian technocrats.’
    • ‘Is there anyway to guess whether he's going to be a reformer or a conservative or a technocrat or an ideologue?’
    • ‘Sovereignty, if it is not to be confiscated by factions of the bourgeoisie or technocrats in their service, has to be popular sovereignty.’
    • ‘Their outlook harmonized with the new orthodoxies of the planners, many of them Liberal theoreticians such as Keynes or Beveridge, or simply apolitical technocrats.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, a forward-looking bishop authorized young Christian Democrat technocrats to experiment with transferring church-owned farms to their workers.’
    • ‘He's a New Economy technocrat, raised at the heart of government, with a privileged education.’
    • ‘These reforms, it is said, will loosen the grip on power of unelected technocrats and establishment politicians, and allow the real wishes of the people concerning immigration, the death penalty, and national preference to be heard.’
    • ‘By and large, the majority of new faces are technocrats.’
    • ‘They cannot just be technocrats; the ethic of the left has to become something again.’
    • ‘The economic planning by technocrats in the Fourth Republic paid off with high growth rates in France in the early years of the Fifth Republic.’
    • ‘And while I'll freely admit that I may be too much of a pragmatic technocrat by nature, it's hard not to be discouraged by how hard it is to find anyone these days who actually cares about facts on the ground and genuine solutions.’
    1. 1.1 A member of a technically skilled elite.
      • ‘Rapid industrialization under the Five Year Plans required massive numbers of experts, technocrats, skilled workers, engineers and managers.’
      • ‘They are visible among the technocrats behind Korea's economic development in recent decades.’
      • ‘The ancien regime and its destruction by the French Revolution had to be synthesized and made meaningful by a new clergy of elites: the technocrats.’
      • ‘A new pattern of migration of the intellectuals, technocrats, artists, and educated youth is naturally expected to develop.’
      • ‘They were popularised by intellectuals and technocrats.’
      • ‘In this way, power was shifted out of the hands of the masses and into the hands of a minority elite of technocrats and upper-income businessmen.’
      • ‘Born in 1847, Sorel was trained at the École Polytechnique, France's élite school for scientists and technocrats.’
      • ‘He applies the craft of great storytelling to a highly deserving subject that is normally the province of technocrats, academics, and financial wizards.’
      • ‘He urged Government to devise a mechanism that would ensure that the translated version of the Constitution reached the intended people so that they could consult technocrats on matters they were not conversant with.’
      • ‘All top technocrats and industrial captains were members of this task force.’
      • ‘A cadre of diplomats and technocrats would concentrate on opening economic doors - and making sure they stayed open.’
      • ‘State chancellery was staffed by the former Communist functionaries and younger technocrats, frequently with no party affiliation.’
      • ‘Indian doctors, engineers, technocrats, consultants, management experts made their mark at home and abroad.’
      • ‘Today environment management has become the responsibility of governments; of technocrats, scientists and now industry.’
      • ‘As a social base it had the older generation of the modern middle class, made up of professional workers, technocrats and civil servants.’
      • ‘These factions are made up of secular and moderate religious movements and count among their members a number of technocrats and individuals with an unblemished history of patriotism.’
      • ‘That civil administration will be composed of highly qualified technocrats with experience in government and a small political body to oversee the transition period.’
      • ‘They had the need of the authority and direction of an elite cadre of technocrats.’