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The purchase of official positions in the army was thus abolished.

In all history there is no parallel case, and no official record such as his.

The declaration, simple as it was, aroused the official to new indignation.

It was Demarest who gave an official touch to the tragedy of the moment.

They had small place in his concerns as an official of police.

The official's voice was charged with threatening as he went on.

What is to be said about the official who inflicts the death-penalty on criminals?

That will give it a sort of official, medical-bulletin look.

The latter, with little hesitation, allowed him to delve into official secrets.

The Zeppelin, for instance, costs more than $100,000 (these are official figures).

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French oficial "law officer; bishop's representative" (12c.) and directly from Late Latin officialis "attendant to a magistrate, public official," noun use of officialis (adj.) "of or belonging to duty, service, or office" (see official (adj.)). Meaning "person in charge of some public work or duty" first recorded 1550s.

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