Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Rigid adherence to official regulations, forms, and procedures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The rigid, perfunctory and literal adherence to official duties and regulations
  • n. Officials collectively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being official; a system of official government; also, adherence to office routine; red-tapism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Official position; office-holding; public office.
  • n. An official system.
  • n. That view of official position which regards office, and the mere discharge of official duty, without reference to public or other interests, as all-important; excessive attention to official routine and office detail; official strictness or stiffness; “red-tapeism.”
  • n. Perfunctoriness.

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Examples

  • The prompt Paris morning struck its cheerful notes -- in a soft breeze and a sprinkled smell, in the light flit, over the garden-floor, of bareheaded girls with the buckled strap of oblong boxes, in the type of ancient thrifty persons basking betimes where terrace-walls were warm, in the blue-frocked brass-labelled officialism of humble rakers and scrapers, in the deep references of a straight-pacing priest or the sharp ones of a white-gaitered red-legged soldier.

    The Ambassadors

  • a sprinkled smell, in the light flit, over the garden-floor, of bareheaded girls with the buckled strap of oblong boxes, in the type of ancient thrifty persons basking betimes where terrace-walls were warm, in the blue-frocked brass-labelled officialism of humble rakers and scrapers, in the deep references of a straight-pacing priest or the sharp ones of a white-gaitered red-legged soldier.

    The Ambassadors

  • “There is no need to mention the excessive bureaucracy and officialism which is the crying evil of this country.

    Musicians of To-Day

  • "There is no need to mention the excessive bureaucracy and officialism which is the crying evil of this country.

    Musicians of To-Day

  • What will happen when the various divisions of this vast army of officials, united by interests common to officialism—the interests of the regulators versus those of the regulated—have at their command whatever force is needful to suppress insubordination and act as "saviours of society?"

    Communist Economic Policy: Stalinism or the Red Army?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • What they lack in religious officialism they make up for with the reception.

    Kyle’s Journey in Armenia » Blog Archive » I Should Have Known When the Chicken Arrived…

  • Unless the whole domestic group hold together with a sort of loyalty or local patriotism, unless the inheritance of property is logical and legitimate, unless the family quarrels are kept out of the courts of officialism, the tradition of family ownership cannot be handed on unimpaired.

    Oikos and Logos: Chesterton's Vision of Distributism

  • Chinamen are living in huts on some festering slime between the river and the jungle; and once a police station on stilts, where six policemen stood in a row and saluted as we passed, and at seven we reached Teluk Kartang, with a pier, a long shed, two or three huts, and some officialism, white and partly white, all in a

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • In a country smarting from officialism he felt that he had a strong case.

    To Let

  • ‘What do you mean by all clear?’ demanded the Master of Mandeville, who had returned in all the pomp of his own officialism to match the pomp of the police officials now occupying the College like a victorious army.

    The Complete Father Brown

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