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dogberryism (ˈdɒɡˌberɪˌɪzəm) 

Definitions

noun

  1. (literary) the foolish and meddling behaviour of, usually old, officials

dogberry2 (ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ Pronunciation for dogberry2 ; -bərɪ; -brɪ) 

Definitions

noun

(plural) -ries
  1. (sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official

Derived Forms

ˈdogberryˌism noun

Word Origin

after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)

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