government by many bureaus, administrators, and petty officials.
the body of officials and administrators, especially of a government or government department.
excessive multiplication of, and concentration of power in, administrative bureaus or administrators.
administration characterized by excessive red tape and routine.
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noun (pl) -cies
a system of administration based upon organization into bureaus, division of labour, a hierarchy of authority, etc: designed to dispose of a large body of work in a routine manner
government by such a system
government or other officials collectively
any administration in which action is impeded by unnecessary official procedures and red tape
That vast net-work of administrative tyranny … that system of bureaucracy, which leaves no free agent in all France, except for the man at Paris who pulls the wires. [J.S. Mill, “Westminster Review” XXVIII, 1837]
bureaucrat, &c. The formation is so barbarous that all attempt at self-respect in pronunciation may perhaps as well be abandoned. [Fowler]
Note: Today, the term bureaucracy suggests a lack of initiative, excessive adherence to rules and routine, red tape, inefficiency, or, even more serious, an impersonal force dominating the lives of individuals. (See Big Brother is watching you.)
an official of a bureaucracy. an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment. Contemporary Examples The Book That Changed the World Jimmy So October 6, 2011 How Obama’s Latin America Tour Could Help the Economy Mac Margolis March 18, 2011 Weekly Jobless Claims Riddle Semi-Solved Michael Tomasky October 11, 2012 China’s Anthony […]
a style of language, used especially by bureaucrats, that is full of circumlocutions, euphemisms, buzzwords, abstractions, etc. Contemporary Examples ‘The Accidental Terrorist’: a California Accountant’s Coup Adam Piore May 1, 2012
of, relating to, or characteristic of a bureaucrat or a bureaucracy; arbitrary and routine. Contemporary Examples What’s Missing from the Jerusalem Day Speil Gershom Gorenberg May 20, 2012 How Netanyahu Plays the Settlement Game Michael Omer-Man November 12, 2013 Historical Examples Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin adjective of or relating to bureaucrats; characterized by bureaucracy […]
to divide an administrative agency or office into bureaus. to increase the number of government or business bureaus. to cause to become bureaucratic or to resemble a bureaucracy: to bureaucratize a city’s social services. verb (transitive) to administer by or transform into a bureaucracy