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officialdom

[uh-fish-uh l-duh m]
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noun
  1. the class or entire body of officials; officials as a whole.
  2. the position or domain of officials.

Origin of officialdom

First recorded in 1860–65; official + -dom
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Examples from the Web for officialdom

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  • Officialdom is their divinity and respectability their key to life.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • It is difficult because officialdom isn't as obliging as it might be.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • He loathed the Office job to which they had put him, and the whole atmosphere of officialdom.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • But the pluckiest thing she did was to fight Prussian officialdom and win.

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • Indeed, he is one of the first representatives of officialdom.


British Dictionary definitions for officialdom

officialdom

noun
  1. the outlook or behaviour of officials, esp those rigidly adhering to regulations; bureaucracy
  2. officials or bureaucrats collectively
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