of|fi|cial|dom [əˈfıʃəldəm] n [U]
government departments or the people who work in them - used when you think they are not helpful

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  • officialdom — official ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to an authority or public body and its activities and responsibilities. 2) having the approval or authorization of such a body. ► NOUN ▪ a person holding public office or having official duties. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

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