The definition of bureaucracy means government workers, or a group that makes official decisions following an established process.(noun)
An example of a bureaucracy is the staff that runs a city hall.
Bureaucracy is defined as working in a way that has many steps to complete a task and very strict order and rules.(noun)
An example of a bureaucracy is the Department of Motor Vehicles.
See bureaucracy in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. bureaucracies
Origin: Fr bureaucratie < bureau + -cratie, -cracy
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noun pl. bu·reauc·ra·cies
Origin: French bureaucratie
Origin: : bureau, office; see bureau
Origin: + -cratie, rule (from Old French; see -cracy).
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See also government.
the world of petty and officious bureaucrats. Cf. bumbledom.
the world of petty and incompetent officials.
1. a government typified by a rigid hierarchy of bureaus, administrators, and minor officials.
2. a body of administrators; officialdom.
3. administration characterized by excessive red tape and routine. —bureaucratie, adj.
turgid, misleading language, as typical of bureaucracies. Cf. federalese, officialese.
an obsession with public employment.
language typical of the U.S. federal government, especially bureaucrtic jargon. Cf. bureaucratese, officialese.
1. the realm or position of officials.
2. excessively close adherence to bureaucratie procedure.
language characteristic of officialdom, typified by polysyllabism and much periphrasis. Cf. bureaucratese, federalese.
1. any official regulations or procedures.
2. an excessive emphasis on official regulations or procedures.
3. officials in general or collectively.
designation for a pompous official, taken from a story by Samuel Foote(1755).
the practice of requiring excessive paperwork and tedious procedures before official action can be considered or completed. Also called red-tapery. —red-tapist n.
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