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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Even such rhetoric generally wouldn’t faze rate setters, but this is a country where over 150,000 civil servants have been dismissed or detained for allegedly supporting a 2016 coup. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Turkish Delight at Rate Surprise," 13 Sep. 2018 More than 20,000 civil servants have left since the start of the Trump administration. Jennifer Griffin, Fox News, "New VA secretary warns Trump's signature program could collapse without fix," 3 Aug. 2018 After a first term that saw record economic growth, averaging 9 percent from 2012 to 2016, his second term was roiled by a series of army mutinies and a general strike by civil servants over pension payments. Pauline Bax,, "Ivory Coast’s President Suggests He May Run Again, Sparking Concern," 4 June 2018 Alice Wong, 75, a retired federal civil servant, is an active member of PFLAG, an organization for parents of LGBT people. Tara Bahrampour,, "Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors," 11 July 2018 The second strike targeted civil servants in Ghazni province, which lies to the southwest of Kabul and is a Taliban bastion. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 10, 2018," 10 July 2018 Protester Mohammed Hamami, a 40-year-old civil servant, attended the march with his mother and five children. Time, "Dozens Killed in Gaza as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem," 14 May 2018 The Foreign Service officers and civil servants at Foggy Bottom had long tired of Rex Tillerson, with his standoffish, detached management style. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Pompeo knows to boost morale; boosting foreign aid also should be on his agenda," 4 May 2018 Architecture graduates and civil servants have cashed in on the boom and taken up farming. The Economist, "Nigeria hopes high tariffs will make it grow more rice," 15 Mar. 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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