officialdom

[ uh-fish-uh l-duh m ]
/ əˈfɪʃ əl dəm /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. official formula,
  2. official receiver,
  3. official referee,
  4. official solicitor,
  5. official strike,
  6. officialese,
  7. officialism,
  8. officialize,
  9. officially,
  10. officiant

Origin of officialdom

First recorded in 1860–65; official + -dom

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British Dictionary definitions for officialdom

officialdom

/ (əˈfɪʃəldəm) /

noun

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