technocrat

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noun tech·no·crat \ˈtek-nə-ˌkrat\

Definition of technocrat

  1. 1 :  an adherent of technocracy

  2. 2 :  a technical expert; especially :  one exercising managerial authority

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In 1919 W. H. Smyth coined the term technocracy to mean basically "management of society by technical experts". Technocracy grew into a movement during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when politicians and financial institutions were being blamed for the economic disaster, and fans of technocracy claimed that letting technical experts manage the country would be a great improvement. (They also suggested that dollars could be replaced by "energy certificates" representing energy units called ergs.) Today technocrat and technocratic are still popular words for experts with a highly rational and scientific approach to public policy issues. But these experts aren't always the best politicians, and when a terrific technological solution to a problem is opposed by a powerful group or industry, lawmakers find it easier to just ignore it.

1932

First Known Use of technocrat

1932


TECHNOCRAT Defined for English Language Learners

technocrat

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noun tech·no·crat \ˈtek-nə-ˌkrat\

Definition of technocrat for English Language Learners

  • : a scientist or technical expert who has a lot of power in politics or industry


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