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 party is disliked by officialdom not only for its anti-military stance but also because of its strong popularity. Washington Post, "Thai court to rule on case linking opposition to Illuminati," 23 Dec. 2019 So why is Ghanaian officialdom so keen on selling the success of the initiative on the tabletop of incoherent statistics and woolly numbers, instead of better cataloging these clear achievements? Bright Simons, Quartz Africa, "Ghana’s Year of Return is on its way to success so the government should stop using bad data," 20 Dec. 2019 The Post’s reporting on Afghan war lies by officialdom is already being compared to those monumental papers. Ivan Eland, Twin Cities, "Ivan Eland: Should we really be shocked that the government lied to us about the Afghan war?," 19 Dec. 2019 His slickly produced videos speak to Russians’ anger about inequality and hypocritical, thieving officialdom. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "From a Russian Banker, a $4 Million Mansion and a 200-Foot Yacht," 3 Dec. 2019 Cover up The second film to chronicle historical efforts to hold officialdom to account is Scott Burns’ The Report. Catherine Edwards, Quartzy, "Two new political thrillers are tailor-made for our age of paranoia," 27 Nov. 2019 And the administration has clearly decided that beating up on the state and its liberal officialdom is politically better than trying to make nice. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Public opinion could shift slowly on impeachment, but it will move," 27 Sep. 2019 Given this wholesale distrust of officialdom, protesters now compulsively document everything to pursue their own investigations. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The Hong Kong protests are the most live-streamed protests ever," 11 Nov. 2019 But most researchers say its animating principle dates to medieval times, with recognition of the right of individuals, not only officialdom, to sound the alarm about wrongdoing. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Unpatriotic? Whistleblowers are ‘as American as apple pie’," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

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“Officialdom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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