beadledom

[ beed-l-duhm ]
/ ˈbid l dəm /

noun

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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Example sentences from the Web for beadledom

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

British Dictionary definitions for beadledom

beadledom
/ (ˈbiːdəldəm) /

noun

petty officialdom
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