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.
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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.The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth | Timothy Templeton
Possibly it was the familiarity with divine things which synagogue beadledom involves that had bred his contempt for them.Dreamers of the Ghetto | I. Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for beadledom
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