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officialdom

[uh-fish-uh l-duh m] /əˈfɪʃ əl dəm/
noun
1.
the class or entire body of officials; officials as a whole.
2.
the position or domain of officials.
Origin of officialdom
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; official + -dom
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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

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