civil servant


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

Examples of civil servant in a Sentence

took the examination to become a civil servant in the defense department
Recent Examples on the Web His father was a civil servant, his mother managed the family’s home. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 2 July 2024 The Chinese Civil War was led by Mao, who was from a moderately well-off family and studied a variety of subjects such as law, economics, and political theory, and Zhou Enlai, who was from a scholarly middle-class family of civil servants. Ray Dalio, TIME, 25 June 2024 Record numbers of federal senior civil servants quit as early as 2017, and by the time of Biden’s inauguration in 2021, several key agencies had been quite literally decimated. Jon D. Michaels, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Advocacy groups and labor unions are challenging the law on humanitarian bases; the UK’s civil servants union claims the scheme would require them to break international law in carrying out their roles. Ellen Ioanes, Vox, 4 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for civil servant 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Civil servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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