of·​fi·​cial·​dom | \ ə-ˈfi-shəl-dəm How to pronounce officialdom (audio) , ō- \

Definition of officialdom

: officials as a class

Examples of officialdom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The potential lesson of a similar failure in military preparedness by U.S. forces has not penetrated officialdom Eaglen observes. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Our own inflation, unemployment, and market nervousness will abate when either officialdom gets wise, pushed by an assertive electorate and public opinion, or creative destruction runs its course. Brian Domitrovic, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 This is a line that is hardly exclusive to Chinese officialdom. David Rieff, The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2022 On May 21, a branch of the Shanghai police posted a notice online seeking bids from private contractors for what is known among Chinese officialdom as public opinion management. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Long before Trump, Democratic officialdom and its constituency groups were radicalizing on immigration. Mark Krikorian, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 By late February, the network had found its voice in part by echoing messages from Russian officialdom. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 11 Mar. 2022 The morning Oregonian newspaper hung its investigation into the matter on Elkins’ claims of widespread corruption among Portland-area officialdom. oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2022 But Simon acknowledged that the tour may have little leverage to influence Chinese officialdom. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of officialdom

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for officialdom

official entry 1 + -dom

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Last Updated

30 May 2022

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“Officialdom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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