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

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Supporters of the opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) among retired civil servants and the military also punished the DPP for necessary pension reforms that curbed expensive benefits for those privileged groups. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Taiwan Tightrope," 25 Nov. 2018 In this way, female civil servants represented an economic and social threat to traditional notions of American masculinity tied to breadwinning. Erin Cassese, Vox, "A political history of the term “witch hunt”," 31 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the number of federal employees has stayed relatively stable at about 2 million nonmilitary civil servants. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Shutdown Is a ‘Hellacious Situation’ for Federal Government Contractors," 16 Jan. 2019 Like his elder brother Henry, George was educated at school, and spent time in the Navy before becoming the first member of the royal family to work as a civil servant. The Editors, Town & Country, "The British Royal Family Tree," 19 May 2018 The identities of the captives have not been made public, but Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi, the head of the provincial council, said the insurgents likely targeted the three buses to try to abduct civil servants or members of the security forces. Amir Shah, The Seattle Times, "Afghan forces free most hostages taken in new Taliban attack," 20 Aug. 2018 There are no villains here, just upstanding civil servants. George Melloan, WSJ, "‘The Fifth Risk’ Review: Managing the Unmanageable," 1 Oct. 2018 But many imams working in those organizations do so through the Turkish-Islamic Union for Cultural and Social Cooperation, known by the initials A.T.I.B., and are civil servants of the Turkish government. New York Times, "Austria Closes 7 Mosques and Seeks to Expel Imams Paid by Turkey," 8 June 2018 The concept is attractive to younger workers who do not intend to be career civil servants. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Cost-of-living adjustments for California state worker pensions are safe, for now | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of civil servant

1767, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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