bumbledom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Mr. Bumble, a character in Oliver Twist + -dom.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bumbledom (plural bumbledoms)

  1. bureaucracy; mannerisms characteristic of pompous, arrogant or pretentious officials.
    • 1942, G.M. Trevelyan, Illustrated English Social History[1], edition Digitized, Longman's Green and Co., published 2003:
      With the meekness went a strain of mild obstinacy exquisitely calculated to infuriate the self-important bumbledom of that time, as when the Friends refused to remove their hats before the Court that was to try them.