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 other witnesses in Michigan tried to channel a grand falsehood into the language of officialdom. New York Times, "The Tactic of Our Time: Sound Urgent, Be Incomprehensible," 17 Dec. 2020 But even after decades in the country, other Kayan have not been issued such paperwork, leaving them at the mercy of Thai officialdom. New York Times, "As Refugees, Their Options Were Limited. Others Saw a Profit.," 5 Dec. 2020 As Mackintosh pointed out in an opinion piece in July for London’s Evening Standard that took health officialdom to task for overzealousness, Lloyd Webber’s exertions come from a place of passion. Washington Post, "Andrew Lloyd Webber believes in the imminent return of Broadway and the West End. That’s all he asks of you.," 4 Dec. 2020 On Tuesday, Chinese officialdom reminded the company who was really in charge. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China Halts Ant Group’s Blockbuster I.P.O.," 3 Nov. 2020 The debate has spread through Polish officialdom, with diplomats tasked with determining the true nature of Mr. Bond’s visit, 56 years ago. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Declassified Files Reveal a Possible Spy in Poland—Named James Bond," 22 Oct. 2020 These efforts were driven by teachers who often had to work below the radar of education officialdom—a parallel universe working in the shadows of their school’s formal structures and reform plans. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "What Is Good Teaching?," 16 Sep. 2020 Mum would drive down to the Zimbabwean border from the farm in Zambia while I was being ferried past airport officialdom by Roar Africa guide Humphrey Gumpo. Alexandra Fuller, Travel + Leisure, "The Unexpected Lessons One Writer Learned From Returning To Her African Homeland," 21 Aug. 2020 Because indigenous Brazilians are considered wards of the state, social services and other vestiges of officialdom are generally provided only on indigenous lands by the Federal Indian Bureau. Michael Astor,, "Messias Kokama, indigenous leader in the Amazon, dies at 53," 20 June 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Officialdom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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