Bu*reau"cra*cy(), n. [Bureau + Gr. to be strong, to govern, strength: cf. F. bureaucratie.] 1. A system of carrying on the business of government by means of departments or bureaus, each under the control of a chief, in contradiction to a system in which the officers of government have an associated authority and responsibility; also, government conducted on this system.
2. Government officials, collectively; -- used especially of nonelected government officials.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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