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bureaucracy

noun     /bjʊəˈrɒkrəsi/
RULES [U]
complicated rules and processes used by an organization, especially when they do not seem necessary: government bureaucracyGovernment administration and organisationSystems of governmentRules and laws
GOVERNMENT [C, U]
a government or organization in which there are a lot of officials in a lot of departmentsGovernment administration and organisationSystems of governmentPeople in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors
bureaucrat     /ˈbjʊərəʊkræt/ noun [C]
someone working in a bureaucracyGovernment administration and organisationPeople in charge of or controlling other peopleBosses, managers and directors
bureaucratic     /ˌbjʊərəʊˈkrætɪk/ adjective
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