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. government by bureaus or their administrators or officers.
  2. a system of administration based upon organisation into bureaus, division of labour, a hierarchy of authority, etc., designed to dispose of a large body of work in a routine manner.
  3. the body of officers and administrators, especially of a government.
  4. any administration characterised by excessive red tape and routine.

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