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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Audrey Henson is the founder and CEO of College to Congress, a nonprofit building a more inclusive and effective Congress by empowering the next generation of public servants. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 Neither the White House nor the president has yet spoken out after McCain's family announced Friday that the former prisoner of war and longtime public servant would no longer seek medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer. Fox News, "The Latest: Politicians pay tribute to McCain; Trump silent," 24 Aug. 2018 Trump’s morning tweet ended a fraught relationship and Tillerson’s difficult transition from imperial CEO to public servant. James Osborne And Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "The long road to Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson," 13 Mar. 2018 But Wilkie, a cerebral, modest policy wonk, is no apolitical public servant . . James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018 But Wilkie, a cerebral, modest policy wonk, is no apolitical public servant. Paul Sonne And Lisa Rein, miamiherald, "Trump's VA pick, a longtime aide to polarizing politicians, has defended extreme views," 26 June 2018 Having to dwell inside another human’s shoes for a good long stretch would be a solid first step to his understanding how small one life, his life, is and the compassion required to be a public servant. New York Times, "Samantha Hunt: By the Book," 21 June 2018 Wondering how any public servant can go to a vigil and not feel absolutely compelled to address violence at the root. Carolyn Salazar, Fox News, "Chicago teen who was anti-violence activist gunned down while playing basketball," 7 Sep. 2018 Federal lobbying records show that public servants, political staff members and Cabinet ministers have received 583 visits or phone calls from marijuana industry lobbyists since Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister in November 2015. Ian Austen, The Seattle Times, "Dreams of big profits as marijuana becomes legal in Canada," 16 Oct. 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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