Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or customs of mandarins; government by mandarins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A government by mandarins (senses 1 or 2); character or spirit of the mandarins{2}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A government of mandarins; character or spirit of the mandarins.

Etymologies

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mandarin +‎ -ism

Examples

  • From the prison it is only a short distance to the judgment-seat, and passing once more through the “Gate of Righteousness,” we crossed a large court infested by gamblers and fortune-tellers, and presented ourselves at a porch with great figures painted on both its doors, and gay with the red insignia of mandarinism, which is the entrance to the stately residence of the Naam – Hoi magistrate, one of the subordinate dignitaries of Canton.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • From the prison it is only a short distance to the judgment-seat, and passing once more through the "Gate of Righteousness," we crossed a large court infested by gamblers and fortune-tellers, and presented ourselves at a porch with great figures painted on both its doors, and gay with the red insignia of mandarinism, which is the entrance to the stately residence of the Naam-Hoi magistrate, one of the subordinate dignitaries of Canton.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • I am not convinced that [Caldwell's] attempt to move the conversation to a question of who owns the means of literary production does anything more than nudge us toward a severe reification of outsiderness, an anti-brand mandarinism.

    October 2009

  • I am not convinced that [Caldwell's] attempt to move the conversation to a question of who owns the means of literary production does anything more than nudge us toward a severe reification of outsiderness, an anti-brand mandarinism.

    Writing and Publishing

  • I am not convinced that [Caldwell's] attempt to move the conversation to a question of who owns the means of literary production does anything more than nudge us toward a severe reification of outsiderness, an anti-brand mandarinism.

    OCD

  • The Baker-Hamilton Commission that Democrats are now using as cover and concealment is led by two professional commission-leaders, James Baker and Lee Hamilton, both veterans of ruling class, pasty-faced, male mandarinism -- one a Republican operative and the other a Democrat ... respectively.

    Stan Goff: The Bipartisan Ship

  • A literary decision in that it had to do with the the structure, characterisation etc. of that book, but not literary in the sense that would make it a shot in a campaign or a unit in a literary offensive against mandarinism or anything else.

    MORE ON LUCKY JIM

  • A literary decision in that it had to do with the the structure, characterisation etc. of that book, but not literary in the sense that would make it a shot in a campaign or a unit in a literary offensive against mandarinism or anything else.

    The Elegant Variation:

  • But Mr. Livingston indubitably dropped a clanger by admitting that his inclinations are pockmarked with sullen mandarinism and other assorted ills.

    White Mob Disrupts Black Meeting

  • Confucian temples, to which mandarinism resorts on certain days to bow before the Confucian tablets, are now closed, and their courts are overgrown with weeds.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

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