English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'official'

(adjective) 
Definition
approved by or derived from authority
An official announcement is expected later today.
Synonyms
authorized
The application will be processed by one of our authorized agents.
, , ,
sanctioned
, , ,
endorsed
,
warranted
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legitimate
They have demanded the restoration of the legitimate government.
, ,
ratified
,
certified
,
authoritative
The first authoritative study was published in 1840.
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accredited
fully accredited diplomats
, ,
signed and sealed
,
ex officio
,
ex cathedra
,
straight from the horse's mouth (informal)
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
formal or ceremonial
his official duties
Synonyms
formal
No formal announcement has been made.
,
prescribed
,
bureaucratic
The school is free from bureaucratic control.
,
ceremonial
He represented the nation on ceremonial occasions.
,
solemn
This is a solemn occasion.
,
ritualistic
(noun) 
Definition
a person holding a position of authority
a senior UN official
Synonyms
officer
a local education authority officer
,
executive
a senior bank executive
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agent
They regard themselves as the agents of change in society.
, ,
bureaucrat
The economy is still controlled by bureaucrats.
,
public servant
,
appointee
, ,
functionary
a properly elected state functionary
,
office-holder
,
office bearer

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accredited
fully accredited diplomats
Synonyms
commissioned,
recognized,
sanctioned,
endorsed,
empowered,
certified,
vouched for,
deputed,
deputized
in the sense of agent
Definition
someone or something which causes an effect
They regard themselves as the agents of change in society.
Synonyms
catalyst,
executor,
perpetuator
in the sense of authoritative
Definition
possessing authority
The first authoritative study was published in 1840.

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