officiously

[ UK /əfˈɪʃəsli/ ]
ADVERB
  1. in an officious manner
    nothing so fatal as to strive too officiously for an abstract quality like beauty
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How To Use officiously In A Sentence

  • Cadfael found something so significant in that arrow-straight progress towards the church that he followed, candidly curious and officiously helpful, and finding Rafe of Coventry standing hesitant by the parish altar, looking round him at the multiplicity of chapels contained in transepts and chevet, directed him with blunt simplicity to the one he was looking for. The Hermit of Eyton Forest
  • And this was the rare morsel so officiously snatched up, and so ill-favouredly imitated by our inquisiturient bishops, and the attendant minorites their chaplains. Areopagitica
  • Medieval French was much less concerned with the problems of homonymic clash than subsequent stages of the language, and readily tolerated a plethora of homonyms which modern French has often officiously tidied up.
  • nothing so fatal as to strive too officiously for an abstract quality like beauty
  • And this was the rare morsel so officiously snatched up, and so ill-favoredly imitated by our inquisiturient bishops, and the attendant minorities, their chaplains. Plea for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing
  • He had officiously detained the whole unhappy party, on the grounds that he wanted to re-examine everybody, and was thus keeping them miserably cooped up together over a horrible Sunday; and he had put the copingstone on his offences by turning out to be an intimate friend of Lord Peter Wimsey's, and having, in consequence, to be accommodated with a bed in the gamekeeper's cottage and breakfast at the Lodge. Clouds of Witness
  • Many of the men sprang forward, officiously, to offer their services, either from the hope of the reward, or from that cringing subserviency which is one of the most baleful effects of slavery. Uncle Tom's Cabin
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