Definition of bureaucrat in English:

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bureaucrat

Pronunciation: /ˈbyo͝orəˌkrat/

noun

An official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs.
Example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French bureaucrate, from bureaucratie (see bureaucracy).

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Syllabification: bu·reau·crat

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