Officialism Of*fi"cial*ism, n. The state of being official; a system of official government; also, adherence to office routine; red-tapism. [1913 Webster]

Officialism may often drift into blunders. --Smiles. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • officialism — [ə fish′əl iz΄əm] n. 1. the characteristic practices and behavior of officials; esp., excessive adherence to official routine and regulations; red tape 2. officials collectively; officialdom …   English World dictionary

  • officialism —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌlizəm noun ( s) : action characteristic of an official : official system or routine : bureaucracy, red tapeism where there is officialism every human relation suffers E.M.Forster …   Useful english dictionary

  • officialism — noun Date: 1854 lack of flexibility and initiative combined with excessive adherence to regulations in the behavior of usually government officials …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • officialism — /euh fish euh liz euhm/, n. 1. excessive attention to official regulations and routines. 2. official methods or systems. 3. officials collectively. [1855 60; OFFICIAL + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • officialism — noun a) The rigid, perfunctory and literal adherence to official duties and regulations b) Officials collectively …   Wiktionary

  • officialism — of fi·cial·ism || É™ fɪʃəlɪzm n. adherence to routine, adherence to procedure …   English contemporary dictionary

  • officialism — of·fi·cial·ism …   English syllables

  • officialism — of•fi•cial•ism [[t]əˈfɪʃ əˌlɪz əm[/t]] n. 1) excessive attention to official regulations and routines 2) official methods or systems 3) officials collectively • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • officialism — /əˈfɪʃəlɪzəm/ (say uh fishuhlizuhm) noun 1. official methods or systems. 2. excessive attention to official routine. 3. officials collectively …   Australian English dictionary

  • Bureaucracy — is the structure and set of regulations in place to control activity, usually in large organizations and government. As opposed to adhocracy, it is represented by standardized procedure (rule following) that dictates the execution of most or all… …   Wikipedia

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