officialism

noun
of·​fi·​cial·​ism | \ ə-ˈfi-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce officialism (audio) , ō-\

Definition of officialism

: lack of flexibility and initiative combined with excessive adherence to regulations in the behavior of usually government officials

First Known Use of officialism

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for officialism

official entry 1 + -ism

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about officialism

Statistics for officialism

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for officialism

The first known use of officialism was in 1854

See more words from the same year

Comments on officialism

What made you want to look up officialism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

food or victuals

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!