N-COUNT: usu pl (disapproval)
Bureaucrats are officials who work in a large administrative system. You can refer to officials as bureaucrats especially if you disapprove of them because they seem to follow rules and procedures too strictly.

The economy is still controlled by bureaucrats.

English dictionary. 2008.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • bureaucrat — bu‧reau‧crat [ˈbjʊərəkræt ǁ ˈbjʊr ] noun [countable] an official working in a bureaucracy, especially one who obeys the rules very strictly: • the politicians and bureaucrats who run the EU * * * bureaucrat UK US /ˈbjʊərəʊkræt/ noun [C] WORKPLACE …   Financial and business terms

  • bureaucrat — 1839, from Fr. bureaucrate (19c.); see BUREAUCRACY (Cf. bureaucracy). bureaucrat, &c. The formation is so barbarous that all attempt at self respect in pronunciation may perhaps as well be abandoned. [Fowler] …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bureaucrat — Bu*reau crat, n. An official of a bureau; esp. an official confirmed in a narrow and arbitrary routine. C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bureaucrat — index functionary, incumbent, official Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bureaucrat — [n] government official administrator, civil servant, desk jockey*, functionary, office holder, pencil pusher*, politician, public servant; concepts 347,354 …   New thesaurus

  • bureaucrat — ► NOUN ▪ an official perceived as being overly concerned with procedural correctness. DERIVATIVES bureaucratic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • bureaucrat — [byoor′ə krat΄] n. an official in a bureaucracy, esp. one who follows a routine in a mechanical, unimaginative way, insisting on proper forms, petty rules, etc. bureaucratic adj. bureaucratically adv …   English World dictionary

  • Bureaucrat — For the specific role of bureaucrats in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Bureaucrats. A bureaucrat is a member of a bureaucracy and can comprise the administration of any organization of any size, though the term usually connotes someone within an… …   Wikipedia

  • bureaucrat */ — UK [ˈbjʊərəˌkræt] / US [ˈbjʊrəˌkræt] noun [countable] Word forms bureaucrat : singular bureaucrat plural bureaucrats showing disapproval someone who is employed to help run an office or government department. This word can suggest that you do not …   English dictionary

  • bureaucrat — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ faceless ▪ He was just another faceless bureaucrat. ▪ corrupt ▪ unelected ▪ senior ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • bureaucrat — noun Date: 1839 a member of a bureaucracy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.