civil servant


Definition of civil servant

1 : a member of a civil service
2 : a member of the administrative staff of an international agency

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Examples of civil servant in a Sentence

took the examination to become a civil servant in the defense department
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the breakthrough accord by his opponents, Netanyahu is unlikely to fade from political view, said analyst Shalom Lipner, a former civil servant who advised Israeli prime ministers for more than two decades. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 The other was the permanent under secretary, Thomas Burke, a career civil servant. Michael F. Bishop, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2021 Sarah Paulson — who previously appeared on The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story — stars in the series as Tripp, the former U.S. civil servant whose secret tape recordings of her conversations with Lewinsky helped expose the affair. Gabrielle Chung,, 4 Aug. 2021 Downs, a former civil servant, became fascinated with white terns after retiring in 2014. Melody Bentz, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2021 Last month, the broadcaster replaced director Leung Ka-wing with a career civil servant who had no media experience. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 In central areas with many Taliban, women were few and those venturing out wore burqas, the full-body garment that covers the face, said Sayed, a civil servant. New York Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Three days after the Taliban took control in Kunduz, Atiqullah Omarkhil, a civil servant, received a call from an insurgent fighter telling him to go to his office., 15 Aug. 2021 The report by ProPublica raised questions about the impartiality of the FEC official, Debbie Chacona, a civil servant who oversees the unit responsible for keeping unlawful contributions out of U.S. political campaigns. Jake Pearson, ProPublica, 12 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of civil servant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of civil servant was in 1767

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25 Sep 2021

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“Civil servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of civil servant

: a person who works for the government : a person who works in the civil service

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