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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. bureaucracy; mannerisms characteristic of pompous, arrogant or pretentious officials.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fussy official pomposity: a sarcastic term applied especially to members of petty corporations, as vestries in England, and implying pretentious inefficiency.

Etymologies

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

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