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

Definition of officialdom

: officials as a class

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Observers say such projects generally go through layers of officialdom first — vetting by Putin's spokesman, chief of staff, foreign minister, spy service chiefs — who decide when and whether to inform the president himself. Angela Charlton And Matthew Bodner, Fox News, "Russian meddling abroad: Does Putin pull all the strings?," 15 Sep. 2018 The new National Centre for Counter-Terrorism, led by a former chief of counter-espionage, Pierre de Bousquet de Florian, is supposed to have made French officialdom more professional in dealing with threats. The Economist, "Another jihadist killer strikes in France," 23 Mar. 2018 Photo: Te-Ping Chen/The Wall Street Journal President Xi Jinping has said these concerns need to be addressed, and pushed for officialdom to become more service-oriented. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "A Chinese City Puts It to a Vote: How Should We Spend Our Money?," 1 June 2018 For European officialdom, Trump's behavior is galling, but no longer surprising. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump deepens the West’s sense of crisis," 1 June 2018 In Haikou, in China’s southern Hainan province, officials say allowing residents to vote on how to spend government money, even just a fraction of the budget, can help boost citizen attitudes toward officialdom. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "A Chinese City Puts It to a Vote: How Should We Spend Our Money?," 1 June 2018 To date, Olympic officialdom has furnished nothing but bland pledges. Sally Jenkins,, "USOC can't just look ahead to better sex abuse prevention. It must face its failures.," 11 May 2018 But the contact via mail piqued my interest: Despite how absurd and badly composed the letter was, the accompanying stamps and logos gave it an air of officialdom, of plausibility. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, "98 Years of Mail Fraud," 4 May 2018 The 55-year-old Roizman is a rare figure in Russia's officialdom. Fox News, "Thousands protest ending mayoral election in Russian city," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of officialdom

formal + often disapproving : the people in an organization or government who are in positions of authority

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