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Definition of bureaucracy
noun (plural bureaucracies)
a system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials rather than by elected representatives. a state or organization governed or managed as a bureaucracy. the officials in a bureaucracy, considered as a group or hierarchy. excessively complicated administrative procedure, seen as characteristic of bureaucracy:the unnecessary bureaucracy in local government
Remember that bureaucracy
and the related word bureaucrat
are spelled with -eau-
in the middle.