official vs officious

official officious

Definitions

  • 1) An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
  • 2) A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
  • 3) Sports A referee or umpire.
  • 4) One who holds an office or position, especially one who acts in a subordinate capacity for an institution such as a corporation or governmental agency.
  • 5) One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  • 6) An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  • 7) someone who administers the rules of a game or sport
  • 8) a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  • 9) In English ecclesiastical law, a person appointed as judge by a bishop, chapter, or archdeacon, to hear causes in the ecclesiastical courts.
  • 10) One who is invested with an office of a public nature; one holding a civil appointment: as, a government official; a railway official.
  • 11) sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
  • 12) Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
  • 13) Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  • 14) Discharging an office or function.
  • 15) Approved by authority; authorized.
  • 16) Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
  • 17) Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  • 18) Authorized by a proper authority; authoritative.
  • 19) Of or relating to an office or a post of authority.
  • 20) Characteristic of or befitting a person of authority; formal.
  • 21) Holding office or serving in a public capacity.
  • 22) Authorized by or contained in the US Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
  • 23) obsolete Discharging an office or function.
  • 24) Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority.
  • 25) (Pharm.) Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopœia; appointed to be used in medicine. Cf. Officinal.
  • 26) Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
  • 27) conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
  • 28) (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
  • 29) of or relating to an office
  • 30) having official authority or sanction
  • 31) verified officially

Definitions

  • 1) Offensively intrusive or interfering
  • 2) obsolete obliging, attentive, eager to please
  • 3) Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.
  • 4) Informal; unofficial.
  • 5) Archaic Motivated by the desire to help others.
  • 6) Archaic Disposed to serve; kind; obliging.
  • 7) rare Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty.
  • 8) Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
  • 9) intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner

Examples

  • 1) The match referee is the official in overall charge of games and disciplinary issues.
  • 2) Some council officials will be fighting for their jobs.
  • 3) Treasury officials are said to be crystal clear on this.
  • 4) And that ref chiefs tell officials to say they have not seen incidents so that retrospective action can then be applied.
  • 5) One farmer had 46 visits from officials this year to see bats and trees.
  • 6) An official announcement of their plans is expected to follow early in the New Year.
  • 7) G4S declined to comment before an official announcement.
  • 8) Other recruits included referees and football officials.
  • 9) The heir to the throne and his wife have an official residence in the capital.
  • 10) Others felt overwhelmed by financial reports and official proceedings.
  • 11) officials have their part to play in both these duties.
  • 12) Negotiations between the council officials and the builders had continued for some time on this basis.
  • 13) Treasury officials are expecting to spend next month in negotiation with departments.
  • 14) It may also be easier to move officials between departments and projects without a formal application process.
  • 15) We are talking about our official position and it is normal.
  • 16) They would hold senior officials to account.
  • 17) An official announcement is expected in the next week or two.
  • 18) But sometimes referees and officials deserve criticism and what are you supposed to say?
  • 19) Government officials are working with police to make sure motorists do not wear them while driving.
  • 20) American and British officials both insist that the deterrent is independent.
  • 21) He lives in the official residence, so he must move.
  • 22) ‘All official bodies have a responsibility for it in policy-making, management and resource allocation in their spheres of activity.’
  • 23) ‘This is a very tricky question, not helped by the official response to recent public debate, which has been pure spin-doctoring.’
  • 24) ‘It was the third official investigation into his activities.’
  • 25) ‘Members will then vote in a chairman, secretary and two area officials to take on any official responsibilities.’
  • 26) ‘The unit is now refusing to do something that is not an official responsibility.’
  • 27) ‘Further official roles and responsibilities are being drawn up by the board.’
  • 28) ‘But most people assumed the money was spent largely on official activities.’
  • 29) ‘This pay helps minimize the personal costs for official responsibilities.’
  • 30) ‘They therefore bar any possible interference with the official activity of foreign ministers.’
  • 31) ‘There is no evidence of any official activity for framing a common civil code for the country.’
  • 32) ‘Even today there is still no single official department taking overall responsibility for supervising milk production.’
  • 33) ‘Private companies, the National Lottery, local authorities and other official bodies ask for the art and pay for it.’
  • 34) ‘Yet, as it is with all our official bodies, the authorities are optimistic.’
  • 35) ‘This was his last official engagement in Sligo before Monday's mayoral election.’
  • 36) ‘The first official engagement for the new chancellor of York University was on a subject close to his heart.’
  • 37) ‘When on the force, he could be forced to divorce his private activities from his official duties and identity.’
  • 38) ‘That would have entailed accepting official responsibility for the wrongs.’
  • 39) ‘And the formal pictures of her on engagements or official trips never showed me the real person I wanted to see.’
  • 40) ‘Local organisers of popular religious activities also often sought official state recognition.’
  • 41) ‘That demand itself was to a large extent created through official policy in response to the black militancy of the 1970s and early 1980s.’
  • 42) ‘The opinions contained are those of the authors, and no official endorsement is intended or should be inferred.’
  • 43) ‘Whatever happens, few members of the public accept the official line that the case is criminal and not politically motivated.’
  • 44) ‘Parents are being urged to ensure their children obtain official authorisation if they need to be out of school for any reason.’
  • 45) ‘For the first time emails were produced as official documents in a public inquiry.’
  • 46) ‘Chadi says he still has not been approved as an official candidate.’
  • 47) ‘The most recent official unemployment statistic from China is only 4 percent.’
  • 48) ‘It is inconceivable, however, that the raids would have gone ahead without official authorisation.’
  • 49) ‘Spanish and Quechua are both recognized as official languages in Peru.’
  • 50) ‘Both authors agree that the official account of the King's death and the arrangements for his burial raise difficulties.’
  • 51) ‘Simple lack of official records of intelligence activities on both sides was another factor.’
  • 52) ‘As the spokesman admitted, there is an official ban on such activities, of which all scientists involved would have been well aware.’
  • 53) ‘Deference to the Dutch referendum on Wednesday meant that official responses to last night's extraordinary result were muted.’
  • 54) ‘The official figures count as employed anyone who works one hour in the surveyed week of the month.’
  • 55) ‘The statement is representative of much of the official rhetoric employed by the regime to engender support.’
  • 56) ‘A Garda spokesman could not provide official figures for seizures over the last 18 months.’
  • 57) ‘Yet, even though official statistics reveal this abysmal state of affairs, what is the Government's response?’
  • 58) ‘Though official figures are difficult to come by, reports estimate that at least 200 people were killed.’
  • 59) ‘Judge King from the city courts has granted this and it is now official.’
  • 60) ‘We have been waiting for quite a while for this but it is now official.’
  • 61) ‘The new name and logo will become official with new bylaws when they pass.’
  • 62) ‘Then, during the Second World War, he was employed as an official cartoonist to the US forces stationed in Europe.’
  • 63) ‘This, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said, reflected the continuing value that the public placed on the honours system.’
  • 64) ‘The report said the blame for the tests not being carried out rested with official veterinary surgeons employed within abattoirs to look for suspect animals.’
  • 65) ‘The Prime Minister's official spokesman said officials had been ‘quite open’ in admitting their blunder.’
  • 66) ‘However, the Prime Minister's official spokesman insisted that Britain and the US were continuing to pursue the same course.’
  • 67) ‘The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed that a gift was in the pipeline - though he would not reveal what it is.’
  • 68) ‘I will, of course, defer to your official spokesman there at the Pentagon.’
  • 69) ‘The official spokesman said a handful of people would be targeted by the new laws and they would be offered the opportunity to travel to a third country if it could be arranged.’
  • 70) ‘Foxx has agreed to be the official spokesman for the NAACP Disaster Relief Fund.’
  • 71) ‘His official spokesman said that he was emphatic that the incident should not be be allowed to damage community relations in Britain.’
  • 72) ‘The format of the service is being dictated by the wishes of the families, said the Prime Minister's official spokesman.’
  • 73) ‘The official spokesman of the town almost fainted when I confronted him with the statistics.’
  • 74) ‘It is not a message that could be passed verbally or through official spokesmen.’
  • 75) ‘The Prime Minister's official spokesman was forced to clear up the mess.’
  • 76) ‘If he were still an official opposition spokesman he'd be on the spot now that ID cards are party policy.’
  • 77) ‘He is in uniform, and at first we think he might be some sort of official spokesman.’
  • 78) ‘The official spokesman said the powder was being checked to make sure it was innocuous.’
  • 79) ‘We also need to demand that we don't get palmed off with some dubious official spokesman.’
  • 80) ‘He is best known for his activities as official theologian to the Republic of Venice in 1606.’
  • 81) ‘For some academic textbooks, the official authors are chosen for their market value, but do relatively little work.’
  • 82) ‘Mostly obviously they now can use the right to be represented by a union official in disciplinaries.’
  • 83) ‘He said that the questioning of another media representative and a public official is expected today.’
  • 84) ‘The small boxes were delivered to his office through an official in the Department of Foreign Affairs.’
  • 85) ‘Market potential is enormous, according to an official from central government departments in Beijing.’
  • 86) ‘An official of the Public Relations Department had to be summoned ‘to identify’ the scribes.’
  • 87) ‘A department official manning the roadblock said he and the police officers there had been instructed not to speak to the media.’
  • 88) ‘He is a public official who believes he has a duty to answer people's questions.’
  • 89) ‘However, the society has been defunct in the district for quite some time, said an official of the Department of Animal Husbandry.’
  • 90) ‘An official on duty said the situation is changing too quickly.’
  • 91) ‘A department official told them on Wednesday that their request had been granted and a copy would be posted to them.’
  • 92) ‘There's one elected official representing each electoral district and voters vote for one candidate only.’
  • 93) ‘The official whose responsibility it was to regulate the disposal of radioactive wastes is one Jackson.’
  • 94) ‘The official added that the responsibility to pay these fees rests solely with the rights holders to whom the quotas are issued.’
  • 95) ‘Meanwhile, Kilkenny County Council has also had to employ an official to supervise its new Scanlon Park recycling facility.’
  • 96) ‘The BCC will have to do it, said a senior police official.’
  • 97) ‘All of the transactions only take place on paper, " a customs official said.’
  • 98) ‘A customs official described it as a sensible solution that helps those down on their luck.’
  • 99) ‘Steve is also a local, now living in the town where I was an elected official.’
  • 100) ‘As a union official I've always been a collectivist.’
  • 101) ‘I say this realizing that it could be a senior Administration official whom I generally have respected or admired.’

Examples

  • 1) Back in the car park, I found that an officious traffic warden had decided to make my day.
  • 2) "'I'm sorry, Young Novice," Lord Vasquez said in her kindly, if officious ,
  • 3) She was trying to sound either officious or impersonal for the casual listener, a very smart move considering the circumstances.
  • 4) She walked toward us with an officious stride that dissolved about halfway across the room when she broke into a run.
  • 5) A simplistic way of looking at this would be to adopt a kind of officious bystander test who is stood alongside the states making the treaties.
  • 6) There is a kind of officious attentiveness which is really the expression of a species of vanity.
  • 7) At one time, however, "officious" negotiations were kept up between the Holy See and the Italian Government through the agency of Monsignor Carini, Prefect of the Vatican Library and a great friend of Crispi.
  • 8) Incomparably clever is the satire on the benevolent societies which exist to furnish a kind of officious sense of virtue to their aristocratic members.
  • 9) All, therefore, that happened amiss, in the course even of domestic affairs, was attributed to the government; and as it always happens in this kind of officious universal interference, what began in odious power ended always, I may say without an exception, in contemptible imbecility.
  • 10) The Sheriff made a joke over the similarity of the words 'officious' and 'official' to which there was some laughter, at which point one of the court officials sternly rebuked those present with a shout of "Silence in court!"
  • 11) Ilicak was recently convicted in both a compensation case and a criminal trial for her article titled, "The immunity of the president", in which she described Osman Kacmaz, the presiding judge of the 1st High Criminal Court of Sincan (Ankara), as "officious".
  • 12) "officious" lie for some useful purpose, and a "mischievous" lie in order to injure someone.
  • 13) "officious" action, and how subtle are the changes which can be rung upon the two, but there was nothing of that description here.
  • 14) "officious" by the French journals, and it remains to be seen in which of the two senses attaching to the word the Americans will interpret the interference -- "officious" implying, according to their own Noah
  • 15) ‘Hospitals could be pointlessly officious on such matters as visiting rights for parents.’
  • 16) ‘Two social workers arrived at my place of work two weeks later and in a very high handed and officious manner insisted on ‘interviewing’ me in front of my staff.’
  • 17) ‘Though stiff-necked and officious, the commanders aren't demonized nor singled out for blame.’
  • 18) ‘His officious and arrogant attitude towards players has also, remarkably, gone unpunished.’
  • 19) ‘I was stopped at the University gates by an officious guard who asked me for my faculty card.’
  • 20) ‘Almost all desirable buildings in New York are co-ops, run by officious, and sometimes vicious, board members who place stringent criteria on new members.’
  • 21) ‘They all seemed impatient and officious and preoccupied.’
  • 22) ‘And if you throw into the mix Southport's officious stewards then the ugly was very much on display as an end of season clash became spicier than anyone could have thought.’
  • 23) ‘The hotel manager in Gansu is officious, just like the clean, well-appointed government facility she oversees.’
  • 24) ‘A polite but officious clerk explained he could not board the aircraft as he was a ‘high-level security risk’.’
  • 25) ‘The problems are that it easily becomes a weapon in the hands of the officious, ignorant and punitive supervisor.’
  • 26) ‘Overly officious, he issued an amazing 10 yellow cards and one red, in what wasn't a dirty game.’
  • 27) ‘An officious camp guard, armed with a stout pole for the purposes of crowd control, herds them roughly away.’
  • 28) ‘Rangers were right to be upset by how the officious referee handled the match.’
  • 29) ‘The worst were the overly officious customs officials who are no advert for American hospitality.’
  • 30) ‘An officious man forced me to wait by the door as another patron was seated.’
  • 31) ‘Our underlying concern is that we could get one or two officious people policing it.’
  • 32) ‘I believe that if an officious bystander in 1984 had suggested that, all parties would have denied that that was the case.’
  • 33) ‘And it would be essential if, but only if, the material that was being filmed was material of a kind that the inevitable officious bystander would say should not be filmed without consent.’
  • 34) ‘If the officious bystander had asked them whether they had intended to leave out the conditions this time, both must, as honest men, have said, ‘of course not’.’
  • 35) ‘Had an officious bystander raised the possibility, can one doubt that George would have ridiculed it?’
  • 36) ‘I have little doubt that they would have said so to an officious bystander.’
  • 37) ‘Should you find yourself getting a wee bit officious in your personal communications, remember the wise advice of Confucious: Be nice, go far.’
  • 38) ‘Ralph was eager to talk to Alex about something important, but he was interrupted by Edward who was busy being officious.’
  • 39) ‘These officious intermeddlers from Hollywood have no regard for baseball or its rich history of patriotism, and they have no business being at the Hall of Fame.’
  • 40) ‘You're strolling absent-mindedly down Coney Street, glancing idly at the displays in shop windows, when an officious little man in a yellow reflective jacket pops out of nowhere and accosts you.’
  • 41) ‘It is, however, often imprudent and officious to try and fix the problems and arbitrate the quarrels of strangers.’
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