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beadledom

[beed-l-duh m]
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noun
  1. a stupid or officious display or exercise of authority, as by petty officials.
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Origin of beadledom

First recorded in 1855–60; beadle + -dom
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Related Words for beadledom

management, ministry, administration, authority, government, directorate, officialdom, beadledom

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Historical Examples of beadledom

  • And then Beadledom seemed crazed, and, joined with the many ale-bibbers, were turned out to do good service in the show.

    The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth

    Timothy Templeton


British Dictionary definitions for beadledom

beadledom

noun
  1. petty officialdom
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