• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bureaucratic of or relating to or resembling a bureaucrat or bureaucracy "his bureaucratic behavior annoyed his colleagues","a bureaucratic nightmare"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Bureaucratic Of, relating to, or resembling, a bureaucracy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bureaucratic Relating to or of the nature of bureaucracy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bureaucratic relating to or having the nature of a bureaucracy
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  • Alben W. Barkley
    Alben W. Barkley
    “A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office a Republican wants.”
  • J. Mccabe
    J. Mccabe
    “A bureaucrat is a person who cuts red tape sideways.”
  • Gore Vidal
    “There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.”
  • Barbara Tuchman
    Barbara Tuchman
    “Reasonable orders are easy enough to obey; it is capricious, bureaucratic or plain idiotic demands that form the habit of discipline.”
  • John Berger
    “The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.”
  • Robert Heller
    Robert Heller
    “The difference between management and administration(which is what the bureaucrats used to do exclusively) is the difference between choice and rigidity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. bureaucratique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Bureau, and Gr. kratein, to govern.


In literature:

Indeed, if he were not a bureaucrat, he would very much belie his French origin.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
He was one of those ignorant persons with whom the unscrupulous bureaucrats had surrounded the person of the Tsar.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
And the bureaucratic and legislative forces of the United States Government had reacted in a fairly predictable manner.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Then the good wine triumphing over the dignity of the bureaucrat, he smiled again.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
Socialism does not mean that there is to be a great bureaucratic government owning everything and controlling everybody.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
No bureaucrat could want powers more absolute than mine.
"Tinker's Dam" by Joseph Tinker
You and all your bureaucrat friends will have a chance to give me an O.K.
"By Proxy" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The danger to a navy lies in conservatism and bureaucratic control.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
And then the business men and bureaucrats had made the great thought a curse.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
The consistories, the office by which the sovereign ruled the Church, were the commencement of bureaucratic centralisation.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
All the way down on the train, he worried about chasing all those carbons in the bureaucratic maze of Washington, but he needn't have.
"Chain of Command" by Stephen Arr
Maybe some NIH bureaucrat hit the wrong key on a keyboard someplace in Maryland.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
A fat, repugnant, pompous bureaucrat.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
In between civil wars they became sword-carrying bureaucrats.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
It is apt to become numbed and bureaucratic.
"The Government of England (Vol. I)" by A. Lawrence Lowell
In particular, the Liberal distrusts the bureaucratic system of management which Socialism involves.
"A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease
The Bureaucratic Guard-room is to compensate to us for the Chamber of Parliament.
"Withered Leaves. Vol. I. (of III)" by Rudolf von Gottschall
He worked little but rapidly, with none of the bureaucratic pedantry of a Philip II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 7" by Various
Will the intellectual and social ideals of the coming Argentine nation be military, bureaucratic, leisurely, or will they be purely commercial?
"The South American Republics Part I of II" by Thomas C. Dawson
The bureaucrat was as short in his address as he was in his stature.
"The Confessions of a Collector" by William Carew Hazlitt

In poetry:

The children wear their charming hats
like chipper little Frenchmen.
The dales are dark with bureaucrats
from Denmark and their henchmen.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
The bubble-dancer, the deep-sea diver,
The bureaucrat, the adulterer,
Hide private parts which I disclose
To those who know what a poem knows.
"What Curious Dresses All Men Wear" by Delmore Schwartz
On the verandah of his hut, at Brazzaville,
By sweltering Congolese moonlight
A minor colonial bureaucrat
Thumbs the ‘Poèsies’ of Alfred de Musset...
"West Africa" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet

In news:

Am I overly sensitive, or has there been an uptick lately in stilted, uptight, and bureaucratic messaging.
Only a communist bureaucrat could be expected to make the fine distinctions necessary to sort people into 51 different boxes.
Privacy watchdog concerned about monitoring of bureaucrats.
Bureaucratic Battle Blunted Libya 'Talking Points'.
The prospect of execution for Hubert L Michael Jr was put on hold by a federal appeals court Thursday—but the procedure is guided by a bureaucratic script for an inmate's final hours under the steely supervision of the state government.
'Clean the bureaucrats out of the revolution'.
A former bureaucrat was charged with fraud on Friday in a $100 million embezzlement case that has cost the defense minister his job and shone a spotlight on corruption in President Vladimir Putin's administration.
Is bureaucratic protocol more crucial than the fierce urgency of now for our children.
White House working to eliminate "bureaucratic roadblocks" companies and crew are encountering to delay effort.
HONOLULU – In life, Mother Marianne Cope was known for her strength and kindness, battling bureaucrats in Hawaii as she led a group of fellow Franciscan nuns to care for leprosy patients in the islands.
It’s even more incredible that the right-wing justification for rejection is based on some spurious notion that passing the treaty would give UN bureaucrats power to make decisions about disabled US children.
Chinese bureaucrat Li Keqiang is expected to take the economy-focused post of more.
Another would eliminate the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo that can make it difficult for taxpayers to know just how well schools are performing.
Infamous Michigan Bureaucrat Now Tells 'Incapable' Parents to 'Stay Informed.
In the complex and secretive world in which politicians and bureaucrats maneuver for power in France, Henri Loyrette, the new director of the Louvre , is discovering the perils of candor.

In science:

One can easily go through a bureaucratic procedure to evaluate all configurations (sj )j∈J compatible with the warning set.
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Bangalore (for bureaucratic reasons) but I am very grateful to the organisers for all their efforts.
Whittaker functions and related stochastic processes
Policy-makers know they need direct access to knowledgeable people rather than the colourless summaries the bureaucratic briefing machines produce but they’re severely time poor. Creating a rich interactive environment, in which they can actively learn with whatever time they can invest is key.
Despite the early ho ur, the Director’s intervention meant that all of the resources of the Center were available to us and without (most of) the usual bureaucratic holdups that occur when one wants to do something quickly.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective
Higher-privileged groups include administrators, bureaucrats and stewards.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
For simplicity, bureaucrats are administrators with the additional ability to add users to the sysop and bureaucrat groups, as well as the ability to add and remove users from the bot group.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
Technically one can be a bureaucrat without being a sysop, but no instance of this has occurred.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
Stewards are bureaucrats with the ability to revoke sysop and bureaucrat status, among other permissions.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
Another important specific feature was always an opportunity for a large number of physicists from the former USSR and other East European countries for whom distant trips were difficult for the financial (earlier also for bureaucratic) reasons to participate to the conference.
An analytic review of DSPIN-11