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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
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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:
A kind of wooden shutter of officialdom came down from Japp's expressive countenance.
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Officialdom in other parts of the country also participated.