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


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


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Origin of officialdom

First recorded in 1860–65; official + -dom Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for officialdom

/ (əˈfɪʃəldəm) /


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