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 During a recent interview at his vegan restaurant in an upmarket neighborhood of Berlin, admirer after admirer — a civil servant, a mail carrier, a geography student — approached to thank him, not for his food, but for raising awareness about QAnon. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "QAnon Is Thriving in Germany. The Extreme Right Is Delighted.," 11 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, the ineffective government has not filled several top civil servant positions, including the state prosecutor and the chief of police. Marcy Oster And Gabe Friedman,, "Israel is readying refrigerated morgues. How did country get here?," 6 Oct. 2020 Election and ballot integrity should be the priority of every civil servant involved in monitoring and implementing free and fair elections. Trey Trainor, National Review, "Vote by Mail: The Unintended Consequences," 5 Oct. 2020 Boris Johnson forced out Britain’s top education civil servant, seeking to distance himself from a series of recent mishaps and policy U-turns that have prompted growing outrage from his own Conservative Party. Joe Mayes,, "Johnson Forces Out Top Education Official to Quell Tory Anger," 25 Aug. 2020 North Korean officials admitted to shooting about 10 rounds at the South Korean civil servant who drifted into the North’s waters, according to the letter. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Kim Jong Un: North Korea Is ‘Very Sorry’ for Killing Civil Servant From the South," 25 Sep. 2020 Dallas County has been working for several years to increase pay to make civil servant jobs more competitive with jobs in the private sector. Dallas News, "Dallas County and Parkland are cutting their tax rates, but your tax bill may still go up," 15 Sep. 2020 Catherine Day succeeded O’Sullivan as the Commission’s top civil servant, holding the position until 2015. Peter Flanagan,, "Coveney Narrow Favorite to Succeed Hogan Amid Gender Dilemma," 31 Aug. 2020 On Thursday, however, his administration submitted to congress a proposal to rein in the country’s high civil servant costs, a nod to Guedes’ austerity agenda. Samy Adghirni,, "Brazil House Speaker Says Ties With Economy Minister Are Cut," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

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“Civil servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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