bureaucracy

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bureau +‎ -cracy, from French bureaucratie, coined by Jean Claude Marie Vincent de Gournay (died 1759) from bureau (office) + -cratie (rule of)

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bureaucracy (plural bureaucracies)

  1. Structure and regulations in place to control activity. Usually in large organizations and government operations.

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