[uh-fish-uh l-duh m]


the class or entire body of officials; officials as a whole.
the position or domain of officials.

Origin of officialdom

First recorded in 1860–65; official + -dom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for officialdom

Contemporary Examples of officialdom

Historical Examples of officialdom

  • Officialdom is their divinity and respectability their key to life.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • It is difficult because officialdom isn't as obliging as it might be.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • He loathed the Office job to which they had put him, and the whole atmosphere of officialdom.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • But the pluckiest thing she did was to fight Prussian officialdom and win.

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • Indeed, he is one of the first representatives of officialdom.

British Dictionary definitions for officialdom



the outlook or behaviour of officials, esp those rigidly adhering to regulations; bureaucracy
officials or bureaucrats collectively
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