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[uh-fish-uh l-duh m] /əˈfɪʃ əl dəm/
the class or entire body of officials; officials as a whole.
the position or domain of officials.
Origin of officialdom
1860-65; official + -dom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It seems they have been seconded by officialdom and taken to an unknown destination.
  • West didn't say anything that baseball officialdom hasn't said for years.
  • Liang also demonstrated to officialdom that they need not view the mere existence of citizen groups as an outright threat.
  • officialdom and much of the population treats minorities either with suspicion or as colorful tourist attractions.
  • Their messy relations with officialdom were uncomfortably on display.
  • Underlying them is a shift in officialdom's view of the economy.
  • However, officialdom's hand may soon be forced here, too.
  • The anger of laid-off workers has long been one of officialdom's biggest worries.
  • They do so in order to curry favour with local officialdom.
  • These figures have led to a near obsession in officialdom with boys and their schoolwork.
British Dictionary definitions for officialdom


the outlook or behaviour of officials, esp those rigidly adhering to regulations; bureaucracy
officials or bureaucrats collectively
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