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officialism

[uh-fish-uh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. excessive attention to official regulations and routines.
  2. official methods or systems.
  3. officials collectively.
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Origin of officialism

First recorded in 1855–60; official + -ism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

bureaucracyriteritualprocedureceremonystereotypeformservicesolemnityruleliturgyrubrictraditiongestureconventionalityacademismauthoritygovernmentmanagementofficialdom

Examples from the Web for officialism

Historical Examples

  • The Government officials of the morning were there, but the officialism was gone.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • It was his second introduction to the hypocrisy of officialism.

    A Spoil of Office

    Hamlin Garland

  • In a country smarting from officialism he felt that he had a strong case.

  • "Officialism is nothing if not brutal," Ralph said bitterly.

    The Squire's Daughter

    Silas K(itto) Hocking

  • You can have no conception of how far the officialism goes till you see it.