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beadledom

[ beed-l-duhm ]
/ ˈbid l dəm /
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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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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

beadledom
/ (ˈbiːdəldəm) /

noun
petty officialdom
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