of·​fi·​cial·​ism ə-ˈfi-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce officialism (audio)
: lack of flexibility and initiative combined with excessive adherence to regulations in the behavior of usually government officials

Word History


official entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of officialism was in 1854

Dictionary Entries Near officialism

Cite this Entry

“Officialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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