public servant


Definition of public servant

: a government official or employee

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Synonyms for public servant


functionary, officeholder, officer, official

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Examples of public servant in a Sentence

the new governor vowed that he would always remember why he was called a public servant and not the people's master concerned that the new federal agency would just add another slew of public servants to the government payroll

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The warrant came after the former defensive tackle's arrest Sunday in Coppell on charges of assault on a public servant and resisting arrest. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent wanted on probation violation after arrest in Coppell," 4 July 2019 Antley was arrested on suspicion of multiple felony counts: attempt to influence a public servant, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and violation of bail conditions. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Coal Creek wife exonerated of attempted murder charges; husband accused of lying to police," 19 June 2019 In addition to the ban on religious symbols for public servants, the new Quebec law requires anyone giving or receiving public services to have their faces visible. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Quebec Bans Public-Sector Employees From Wearing Religious Garb," 17 June 2019 Police charged 44-year-old Grisham, a retired Army sergeant who helped found Open Carry Texas, with assault of a police officer, interfering with the duties of a public servant, obstructing a roadway and resisting arrest, according to court records. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Olmos Park repeals gun ordinance after arrests, outcry from activists," 29 Mar. 2018 Ex-Louisville Metro Police officer William Garrett was indicted Thursday on several charges, including bribery of a public servant, unlawful access to a computer and official misconduct. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Former Louisville police officer indicted on bribery, misconduct charges," 6 June 2019 Ahmed forced out long-serving EPRDF elites, and enabled young public servants and technocrats to rise into key posts within his administration. Yohannes Y. Gedamu, Washington Post, "Did someone try to assassinate Ethiopia’s new prime minister? Here’s what you need to know.," 26 June 2018 With a 30-year tenure in Congress, not to mention his 2008 presidential run, McCain’s legacy as a former prisoner of war turned public servant has long been revered and rehashed time and time again. Li Zhou, Vox, "We asked 11 senators what’s most misunderstood about John McCain," 26 Aug. 2018 David Joucken was jailed early Sunday and charged with evading arrest and aggravated assault on a public servant, records show. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County man accused of dragging game warden from ATV identified," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of public servant

1671, in the meaning defined above

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: a government official or employee

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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