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Every year the Federal Government wastes billions of dollars as a result of overpayments of government agencies, misuse of government credit cards, abuse of the Federal entitlement programs, and the mismanagement of the Federal bureaucracy.
Chris Chocola

Meaning of "bureaucracy" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF BUREAUCRACY

bureaucracy  [bjʊəˈrɒkrəsɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BUREAUCRACY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Bureaucracy is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES BUREAUCRACY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

bureaucracy

Bureaucracy

A bureaucracy is "a body of non elective government officials" and/or "an administrative policy-making group." Historically, bureaucracy referred to government administration managed by departments staffed with nonelected officials. In modern parlance, bureaucracy refers to the administrative system governing any large institution. Since being coined, the word "bureaucracy" has developed negative connotations for some. Bureaucracies are criticized when they become too complex, inefficient, or too inflexible. The dehumanizing effects of excessive bureaucracy were a major theme in the work of Franz Kafka, and were central to his masterpiece The Trial. The elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy is a key concept in modern managerial theory, and has been a central issue in numerous political campaigns. Others have defended the necessity of bureaucracies. The German sociologist Max Weber argued that bureaucracy constitutes the most efficient and rational way in which human activity can be organized, and that systematic processes and organized hierarchies were necessary to maintain order, maximize efficiency and eliminate favoritism.

Definition of bureaucracy in the English dictionary

The first definition of bureaucracy in the dictionary is 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. Other definition of bureaucracy is government by such a system. Bureaucracy is also government or other officials collectively.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BUREAUCRACY


adhocracy
ædˈhɒkrəsɪ
aristocracy
ˌærɪˈstɒkrəsɪ
autocracy
ɔːˈtɒkrəsɪ
cottonocracy
ˌkɒtəˈnɒkrəsɪ
democracy
dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ
demonocracy
ˌdiːmɒnˈɒkrəsɪ
dollarocracy
ˌdɒləˈrɒkrəsɪ
dulocracy
duːˈlɒkrəsɪ
gerontocracy
ˌdʒɛrɒnˈtɒkrəsɪ
hierocracy
ˌhaɪəˈrɒkrəsɪ
hypocrisy
hɪˈpɒkrəsɪ
kakistocracy
ˌkækɪˈstɒkrəsɪ
kleptocracy
ˌklɛpˈtɒkrəsɪ
mediocracy
ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrəsɪ
meritocracy
ˌmɛrɪˈtɒkrəsɪ
mobocracy
mɒˈbɒkrəsɪ
pedantocracy
ˌpedənˈtɒkrəsɪ
plutocracy
pluːˈtɒkrəsɪ
technocracy
tɛkˈnɒkrəsɪ
theocracy
θɪˈɒkrəsɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BUREAUCRACY

burdock
bureau
bureau de change
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Prisons
bureaucracies
bureaucrat
bureaucratese
bureaucratic
bureaucratically
bureaucratisation
bureaucratise
bureaucratism
bureaucratist
bureaucratization
bureaucratize
bureaux
bureaux de change
buret
burette

WORDS THAT END LIKE BUREAUCRACY

accuracy
Christian Democracy
chrysocracy
doulocracy
industrial democracy
liberal democracy
millocracy
monocracy
nomocracy
ochlocracy
pantisocracy
parliamentary democracy
people´s democracy
physiocracy
plantocracy
pornocracy
ptochocracy
social democracy
stratocracy
thalassocracy
timocracy

Synonyms and antonyms of bureaucracy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BUREAUCRACY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «bureaucracy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of bureaucracy

Translation of «bureaucracy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BUREAUCRACY

Find out the translation of bureaucracy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of bureaucracy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «bureaucracy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

官僚
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

burocracia
570 millions of speakers

English

bureaucracy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नौकरशाही
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بيروقْراطِيَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

бюрократия
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

burocracia
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আমলাতন্ত্র
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bureaucratie
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

birokrasi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Bürokratie
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

官僚主義
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

관료주의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Birokrasi
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bộ máy công chức
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அதிகாரத்துவம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

नोकरशाही
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

bürokrasi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

burocrazia
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

biurokracja
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бюрократія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

birocrație
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γραφειοκρατία
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

burokrasie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

byråkrati
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

byråkrati
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of bureaucracy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BUREAUCRACY»

The term «bureaucracy» is quite widely used and occupies the 29.796 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BUREAUCRACY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about bureaucracy

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10 QUOTES WITH «BUREAUCRACY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word bureaucracy.
1
Madeleine Albright
The U.N. bureaucracy has grown to elephantine proportions. Now that the Cold War is over, we are asking that elephant to do gymnastics.
2
Richard V. Allen
Temporary teams of trusted people are generally sent to all Departments and to major agencies of government to assist in planning and to acquaint the incoming administration with the civil servants and bureaucracy that will remain in place in the new Administration.
3
Benigno Aquino III
Part of my mandate is to curb corruption and streamline a cumbersome, graft-ridden bureaucracy, to put resources where they will provide the clearest results, and to untangle a complicated regulatory environment.
4
Christopher Bond
Misdirected focus on paperwork, on procedures, and on bureaucracy frustrates teachers and fails to give children the education they need.
5
Arthur Capper
Any plan of administration which contemplates a concentrating of responsibility is open to the dangers which follow the creation of a bureaucracy.
6
Chris Chocola
Every year the Federal Government wastes billions of dollars as a result of overpayments of government agencies, misuse of government credit cards, abuse of the Federal entitlement programs, and the mismanagement of the Federal bureaucracy.
7
Dale Dauten
Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits.
8
Suzanne Fields
German businessmen are overwhelmed by the high cost of doing business. Inflexible rules, enforced by a burgeoning bureaucracy, discourage entrepreneurship.
9
Harold Ford, Jr.
The bureaucracy is not great. I don't think Rick Santorum who is not one for being a big proponent of large bureaucracies would be as enthusiastic a supporter of it.
10
Pete Hegseth
Defense leaders should be searching for ways to reform out-of-date procurement processes, to collapse layers of Pentagon bureaucracy, and to restrain the growth in personnel and benefits costs. A critical first step in that process should be to conduct a full Pentagon audit to determine how DOD spends taxpayer dollars.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BUREAUCRACY»

Discover the use of bureaucracy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to bureaucracy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and why They Do it
Examines the Army, the Foreign Service, and the Social Security Administration, explains how ogranizational cultures are created to meet each agency's needs, and suggests possible improvements
James Q. Wilson, 2000
2
Bureaucracy
Is it only confined to the public sector, or is it pervasive throughout all modern organizations? These are only some of the questions addressed in David Beetham's concise and wide-ranging study.
David Beetham, 1996
3
Busting Bureaucracy: How to Conquer Your Organization's ...
A guide to overcoming bureaucracy shows managers how to create a mission-based organization, adopt continuous improvement as a strategy, and use "action teams" to achieve objectives.
Kenneth B. Johnston, 1993
4
Breaking Through Bureaucracy: A New Vision for Managing in ...
This book attacks the conventional wisdom that bureaucrats are bunglers and the system can't be changed.
Michael Barzelay, 1992
5
Bureaucracy
Bureaucracy contrasts the two forms of economic management—that of a free market economy and that of a bureaucracy. In the market economy entrepreneurs are driven to serve consumers by their desire to earn profits and to avoid losses.
Ludwig Von Mises, Bettina Bien Greaves, 2007
6
Representative Bureaucracy: Classic Readings and Continuing ...
The readings in this collection provide a comprehensive guide to the established knowledge and emerging issues regarding democratizing public bureaucracies by making them socially representative.
Julie A. Dolan, David H. Rosenbloom, 2003
7
Organization and Bureaucracy: An Analysis of Modern Theories
First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Nicos P. Mouzelis, 1967
8
The Feminist Case Against Bureaucracy
Like it or not, all of us who live in modern society are organization men and women.
Kathy E. Ferguson, 1985
9
Street-Level Bureaucracy, 30th Ann. Ed.: Dilemmas of the ...
This expanded edition of Street-Level Bureaucracy underscores that, despite its challenging nature, street-level work can be made to conform to higher expectations of public service.
Michael Lipsky, 2010
10
Bureaucracy in a Democratic State: A Governance Perspective
This work employs a "governance approach", and examines the results of bureaucratic and political interactions in specific government settings, locally and nationally.
Kenneth J. Meier, Laurence J. O'Toole, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BUREAUCRACY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term bureaucracy is used in the context of the following news items.
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New layer of bureaucracy is not answer to quandary of Pa.'s lowest …
Schools — charter and traditional — need to be held accountable. But creating another level of state bureaucracy is not the answer. We prefer ... «LancasterOnline, Jul 15»
2
Political institutions, bureaucracy at risk of becoming irrelevant …
MPs have abandoned their roles—from reviewing legislation and spending to debating the important issues of the day—“other than to ... «Hill Times, Jul 15»
3
Videoconferencing puts bureaucracy at ease
Even as the Government's decision to have the inauguration of the metro rail by the Chief Minister through videoconferencing has set off a ... «The Hindu, Jul 15»
4
Smith Canal: a flood of bureaucracy
Smith Canal is a 2.5-mile sampler of San Joaquin Delta tranquility drifting straight into the center of Stockton. It is a blessing. Now it may get a ... «Stockton Record, Jul 15»
5
Letter: Shrink bureaucracy, improve the classroom
With all due respect to Assemblyman Pat Hickey, throwing more money at education is not going to improve the test scores or graduation rate ... «Reno Gazette Journal, Jul 15»
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Scott Walker's slow logo reveal is government bureaucracy at its worst
Speaking of government bureaucracy, perhaps taking nine days to reveal your logo isn't exactly the best example of getting things done quickly ... «Sun Times National, Jul 15»
7
“Cuba's Bureaucracy Sees Popular Participation as a Problem”
HAVANA TIMES — In recent years, the legislative sphere has been one of the most active as a result of the transitional process undertaken by ... «Havana Times, Jul 15»
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Bureaucracy could hamper poverty alleviation
Bureaucrats under President Hage Geingob's administration may hinder rather than eliminate his stated policy goal to eliminate poverty, said ... «New Era, Jul 15»
9
Welcome to Jun, the town that ditched bureaucracy to run on Twitter
He says that efficiencies in cutting bureaucracy have enabled Jun to cut its police force down from four to one officer, who can respond to ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
10
Osinbajo urges African nations to invest in renewable energy …
He also called for the reduction of bureaucracy and tariffs in order to make the business environment on the continent both attractive and ... «DailyPost Nigeria, Jul 15»

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