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bureaucrat

This page is about the dysphemism bureaucrat

Meaning

a government official or civil servant

For example

  • Why are so many government bureaucrats rude to people they're supposed to be helping?

  • After he saw my tattoos, this bureaucrat at the embassy refused to give me a visa.

Quick Quiz

If an official is called a "bureaucrat", they've probably

a. impressed somebody

b. pleased somebody

c. upset somebody

Contributor: Matt Errey