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- bureaucracy; mannerisms characteristic of pompous, arrogant or pretentious officials.
- 1942, G.M. Trevelyan, Illustrated English Social History, Digitized edition, 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.