[ beed-l-duhm ]
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  1. a stupid or officious display or exercise of authority associated with petty officials, and historically epitomized in England’s parish beadles, who kept order in the church and the poorhouse.

Origin of beadledom

First recorded in 1855–60; beadle + -dom

Words Nearby beadledom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use beadledom in a sentence

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

  • Possibly it was the familiarity with divine things which synagogue beadledom involves that had bred his contempt for them.

British Dictionary definitions for beadledom


/ (ˈbiːdəldəm) /

  1. petty officialdom

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