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of·fi·cial

 (ə-fĭsh′əl)
adj.
1. Of or relating to an office or a post of authority: official duties.
2. Authorized by a proper authority; authoritative: official permission.
3. Holding office or serving in a public capacity: an official representative.
4. Characteristic of or befitting a person of authority; formal: an official banquet.
5. Authorized by or contained in the US Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
n.
1. One who holds an office or position, especially one who acts in a subordinate capacity for an institution such as a corporation or governmental agency.
2. Sports A referee or umpire.

[From Middle English, ecclesiastical officer, from Old French, from Latin officiālis, an attendant of an office, from officium, duty, service; see office.]

of·fi′cial·dom n.
of·fi′cial·ly adv.

officialdom

(əˈfɪʃəldəm)
n
1. the outlook or behaviour of officials, esp those rigidly adhering to regulations; bureaucracy
2. officials or bureaucrats collectively

of•fi•cial•dom

(əˈfɪʃ əl dəm)

n.
the domain or class of officials.

officialdom

1. the realm or position of officials.
2. excessively close adherence to bureaucratie procedure.
See also: Bureaucracy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.officialdom - people elected or appointed to administer a governmentofficialdom - people elected or appointed to administer a government
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
governance, governing body, organisation, administration, brass, establishment, organization - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
civil service - government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations
bureaucracy, bureaucratism - nonelective government officials
Translations

officialdom

[əˈfɪʃəldəm] N (pej) → burocracia f

officialdom

[əˈfɪʃəldəm] nbureaucratie f

officialdom

n (pej)Bürokratie f, → Beamtentum nt

officialdom

[əˈfɪʃldəm] n (pej) → burocrazia
References in classic literature ?
A kind of wooden shutter of officialdom came down from Japp's expressive countenance.
The atmosphere of officialdom would kill anything that breathes the air of human endeavour, would extinguish hope and fear alike in the supremacy of paper and ink.
All lightness of spirit and body having departed from me at the touch of officialdom, I looked at the scribe without animation and asked in my turn wearily:
The closing down by gardai of a stall handing out food to the homeless appears to be a case of officialdom gone mad.
LAHORE -- Issuing caution to restart protest demonstrations, eminent elected office bearers of lawyers fraternity on Monday has warned the provincial officialdom to mend their ways and avoid pursuing discourteous and conflicting situation.
Unfortunately that arrangement was changed after 1997 by devolution, and now there is less access, which suits officialdom, but resulted in less scrutiny by the councillors and thus the public.
Most people in Gateshead find this tragedy should have been avoided, with a more tolerant approach from officialdom.
Summary: Syrian officialdom is busy complaining that Israel violated its sovereignty during Sunday night's airstrikes.
Never mind Kevin Pietersen, Ian Botham and a string of pundits taking a pop at the beleaguered England captain, now it appears that officialdom is trying to tell him something.
It's sometimes difficult to fathom why officialdom likes to make people run around for a government stamp or seal on a document.
By creating so many problems officialdom can claim an excessively high number of people wish to stay on the open register.
For many years I and others fought officialdom to obtain a suitable flying-field where noise would not be a problem with no success.