officialism[ə fis̸h′əl iz′əm]
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- the characteristic practices and behavior of officials; esp., excessive adherence to official routine and regulations; red tape
- officials collectively; officialdom
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Rigid adherence to official regulations, forms, and procedures.