bumbledom

noun, often capitalized
bum·​ble·​dom | \ ˈbəmbəldəm \
plural -s

Definition of bumbledom

: the actions and mannerisms of pompous but inefficient government officials a strain of mild obstinacy exquisitely calculated to infuriate the self-important bumbledom of that time— G. M. Trevelyan

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History and Etymology for bumbledom

Bumble, a parish beadle in Oliver Twist + English -dom

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“Bumbledom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumbledom. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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