An official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs.
- For a relatively low-level bureaucrat, he maintained remarkable access to the President.
- 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?
Mid 19th century: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie (see bureaucracy).
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