from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. bureaucracy; mannerisms characteristic of pompous, arrogant or pretentious officials.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fussy official pomposity: a sarcastic term applied especially to members of petty corporations, as vestries in England, and implying pretentious inefficiency.
In her speech, she accused Roosevelt of turning American democracy into "a dictatorial bumbledom" through his mismanagement of the war.
It's the sheer bumbledom of it all that is so pathetic.
Street containing many seventeenth-century houses, its old inns, and its balconied Guildhall -- the scene of so many unseemly wrangles among the robed and cocked-hatted borough councillors who are, _par excellence_, outstanding illustrations of the provincial petty jealousies of bumbledom -- Mrs. Bond was welcomed by the trades-people who vied with each other to "serve her."
They would not only have one member, but would have half the aldermen, half the town-councillors, half the mayor, half the patronage in beadles, bell-ringers and bumbledom in general.
Frank P: "It's the sheer bumbledom of it all that is so pathetic.
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