color of office

Definition of "color of office"
  1. An assertion or display of official authority by an individual who does not actually possess the authority they claim
How to use "color of office" in a sentence
  1. The principal was accused of acting under the color of office when she punished students without a proper hearing.
  2. The city council member resigned after being found guilty of abusing the color of office to pass a private housing deal.
  3. The manager's decisions were challenged due to suspicions of actions under the color of office.

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