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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The second strike targeted government civil servants in Ghazni province, which lies to the southwest of Kabul and is a bastion for the Taliban insurgents. Sayed Salahuddin,, "Fresh violence kills over 15 in Afghanistan as Islamic scholars debate Taliban war," 11 July 2018 The latest wave of dismissal brings the number of civil servants and public sector workers who have lost their jobs over alleged links to terror groups to about 130,000. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Dismisses Over 18,000 Civil Servants for Alleged Terror Links," 8 July 2018 At the time of cancellation, there were 90 civil servant and contract employees working on the $250 million rover. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Most employees working on NASA's canceled lunar rover remain at agency," 29 June 2018 But with the Trump administration, nearly three dozen civil servants told Politico, they’ve been shunned by their friends, family, and peers outside government. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "The Trump Effect: America’s Civil Servants Are Shunned, Ashamed, and Can’t Get a Date," 30 Mar. 2018 Germany's parliament last year backed a ban on full-face veils for civil servants, judges, and soldiers, while Austria and Bulgaria have also banned facial coverings. Michael Shields, The Christian Science Monitor, "Swiss government's rejection of burqa ban prompts binding referendum," 27 June 2018 The government in May authorized wage increases for civil servants of up to 17%, bloating a public payroll that already eats up 90% of state revenue. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Looming Election Is Vital for Zimbabwe," 15 June 2018 More important, he was told to keep tabs on Richard Baum, a career employee serving as acting director, and other civil servants. Robert O'harrow Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Promoted six times and then fired: A 24-year-old political appointee's wild ride in Trump's Washington," 15 June 2018 The lion’s share comes instead from unusually generous pensions, corporate subsidies and salaries for civil servants. The Economist, "Brazil reinstates fuel subsidies after a disruptive lorry strike," 31 May 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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