official


official
official, officious
The main meanings of official are ‘in the nature of an office’ (Their official duties) and ‘authorized or confirmed by someone in authority’ (The official attendance was over 10,000). By contrast, officious is a judgemental word meaning ‘asserting authority aggressively or intrusively’, and is most commonly used of a person or the actions of a person:

• Officious meter maids checking overparked cars —L. Egan, 1977

• He plays the officious, incompetent manager of a dilapidated Irish railway station who comes up against gunrunners —Guardian, 2005.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • official — Official. s. m. Juge de Cour d Eglise. L Official de Paris, l official de Rheims &c. on la cité pardevant l official …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • official — [adj] authorized, legitimate accredited, approved, authentic, authenticated, authoritative, bona fide, canonical, cathedral, ceremonious, certified, cleared, conclusive, correct, customary, decided, decisive, definite, endorsed, established, ex… …   New thesaurus

  • 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 officialdom… …   English terms dictionary

  • Official — Official, s. Officialis …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Official — Official, lat. dtsch., der Vicar eines Bischofs in contentiösen u. Ehe Angelegenheiten; O. at. bischöfliches Gericht …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon