semi·​of·​fi·​cial | \ˌse-mē-ə-ˈfi-shəl, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ō-\

Definition of semiofficial 

: having some official authority or standing

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semiofficially \ˌse-​mē-​ˈfi-​sh(ə-​)lē, ˌse-​ˌmī-​, -​mi-​, -​ō-​ \ adverb

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Later Sunday, a spokesman for the Iranian armed forces said the country would continue to test and develop missiles, according to the country’s semiofficial Tasnim News Agency. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Iran Defends Missile Program After Pompeo Alleges Tehran Carried Out Test," 2 Dec. 2018 On Tuesday, a threatening video showing a simulated Iranian ballistic missile strike on Israel and Saudi Arabia was posted to the Twitter account of the semiofficial state Fars News Agency, before it was quickly deleted. Gregg Re, Fox News, "John Bolton warns Iran 'there will be hell to pay' if aggression continues: 'We will come after you'," 25 Sep. 2018 The average age of those arrested is under 25, the deputy interior minister, Hossein Zolfaghari, told the semiofficial website Jamaran. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Outside Iran’s Most Notorious Prison, Calls for Loved Ones to Be Freed," 7 Jan. 2018 Initial reports in semiofficial media outlets that 18 Iranians were killed in the strikes in Hama were later changed to omit the death toll. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Missile Strikes on Syrian Military Base Kill Dozens," 30 Apr. 2018 Gholamreza Sharafi, a parliament member from Abadan, told the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "New Unrest Roils Iran as U.S. Ramps Up Pressure," 1 July 2018 Iran’s semiofficial Tasnim News Agency reported Tuesday that the country has no plan to increase the range of its missiles, which can reach 1,240 miles. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 19, 2018," 19 June 2018 Iran last week condemned the Israeli attack on Syria, semiofficial media reported, citing Bahram Ghasemi, the spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "Tougher Israeli Posture in Syria Tests Russia-Iran Alliance," 14 May 2018 Iranian military commanders welcomed Mr. Trump’s decision, the semiofficial news agency ISNA reported. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran May Step Up Nuclear Program, Supreme Leader Says," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of semiofficial

1806, in the meaning defined above

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