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functionary

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noun func·tion·ary \ˈfəŋ(k)-shə-ˌner-ē\

Simple Definition of functionary

  • : a person who works for a government or political party

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of functionary

plural

functionaries

  1. 1 :  one who serves in a certain function

  2. 2 :  one holding office in a government or political party

Examples of functionary in a sentence

  1. He was a party functionary during the political campaign.

  2. <spoke to high-ranking functionaries at the embassy in the hopes that they could help>



Did You Know?

For most of us, being described as a functionary wouldn't be a compliment. The word refers especially to a person of lower rank, with little or no authority, who must carry out someone else's orders. Bureaucrat is often a synonym. However, functionary can also refer to the world beyond government and offices; a character in a play, for example, could be called a functionary if it was obvious that her sole function was to keep the plot moving.

1791

First Known Use of functionary

1791



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