One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an official inquiry into the state of the hospital’
authorized, accredited, approved, validated, authenticated, authentic, certified, endorsed, documented, sanctioned, licensed, formal, recognized, authoritative, accepted, verified, legitimate, legal, lawful, valid, bona fide, proper, true, ex cathedra, signed, sealed, and delivered, signed and sealed
2‘they were arrayed in all their finery for some official function’
ceremonial, formal, solemn, ritualistic, ceremonious
pompous, stiff, bureaucratic, proper
1‘a union official’
officer, office-holder, office-bearer, administrator, executive, appointee, functionary
bureaucrat, dignitary, mandarin
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