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a stupid or officious display or exercise of authority, as by petty officials.
Historical Examples

And then beadledom seemed crazed, and, joined with the many ale-bibbers, were turned out to do good service in the show.
The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth Timothy Templeton

petty officialdom


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