Definition of bureaucrat in English:


Syllabification: bu·reau·crat
Pronunciation: /ˈbyo͝orəˌkrat


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