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Definition of Official

Official

  1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine.
  2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, an official statement or report.
  3. Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an official drug or preparation. Cf. Officinal.
  4. Discharging an office or function.
  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.

Official Quotations

In the first weeks after Hiroshima, extravagant statements by President Truman and other official spokesmen for the U.S. government transformed the inception of the atomic age into the most mythologized event in American history.
Stewart Udall

I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.
Vera Brittain

If a university official's letter accusing a speaker of having a proclivity to commit speech crimes before she's given the speech - which then leads to Facebook postings demanding that Ann Coulter be hurt, a massive riot and a police-ordered cancellation of the speech - is not hate speech, then there is no such thing as hate speech.
Ann Coulter

The Chinese people have been forced to forget the Tiananmen massacre. There has been no public debate about the event, no official apology. The media aren't allowed to mention it. Still today people are being persecuted and imprisoned for disseminating information about it.
Ma Jian

Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.
Adam McKay
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Official Translations

official in Afrikaans is amptelik, offisieel
official in Danish is embedsmand
official in Dutch is ambtelijk, officieel
official in Finnish is virkailija
official in French is oficiel, fonctionnaire, officiel, officiel
official in German is Amts.., amtlich, Beamter, offiziell, amtlich
official in Italian is ufficiale, ufficiale, funzionario
official in Latin is persona
official in Spanish is oficial, oficial, funcionario
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