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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

official, officious

Official actions are taken by those in authority.

  • Regina’s mayor presented the keys to the City to the African delegation and read an official declaration of welcome.

Officious is not a synonym for official. Officious actions are meddlesome or overly fussy.

  • The clerk was very friendly, but more officious than helpful.