of·​fi·​cial·​dom ə-ˈfi-shəl-dəm How to pronounce officialdom (audio)
: officials as a class

Examples of officialdom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nothing had been done yet but officialdom was on the case. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Read the latest updates here Many among Lebanon’s officialdom — NBC News spoke to a dozen diplomats, military chiefs and leaders of militant organizations for this article — fear that Netanyahu may turn his personal troubles into a regional nightmare. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 14 Dec. 2023 This book documents his experience in those archives, navigating the bureaucracy that governs Egypt’s national patrimony and coming to know the people who inhabit this tiny corner of the country’s vast officialdom. Alan Mikhail, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 Rumors of a mass betrayal within Kherson officialdom spread. James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Grassroots efforts swiftly sprang up to coordinate communication between the families of the missing and Israeli officialdom. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 While his blistering message was unlikely to reach most Russians given the state’s domination of the news media, his resignation showed that discontent lurks in Russian officialdom despite the facade of national unity that the Kremlin has worked to create. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, 23 May 2022 These are all the things that mean the recognition of officialdom. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 16 Aug. 2023 The officialdom of Paris seemed to accept this, approving the construction of a new skyscraper, the Tour Triangle, that same year. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


official entry 1 + -dom

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of officialdom was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Officialdom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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of·​fi·​cial·​dom ə-ˈfish-əl-dəm How to pronounce officialdom (audio)
: officials as a class
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