public servant


: a government official or employee

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
Recent Examples on the Web The theme is a tribute to the role Brooklyn has played in shaping the lives and trajectories of global cultural icons, public servants, artists, community activists, and business leaders. Jem Aswad, Variety, 8 May 2024 The probe began in 2020 when Inspector Keith Riddick, who investigates corruption and crimes associated with public servants for FDLE, uncovered that Tony’s license was suspended for not showing up to court in 1998. Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald, 23 Apr. 2024 Those who are receiving debt forgiveness include public servants who enrolled in the Biden administration's limited PSLF waiver, which allows public sector workers who haven't previously qualified for loan relief to receive credit for past repayments, the administration said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 21 Mar. 2024 For future public servants—especially those living in communities, such as ours, in Gary, Indiana, that are facing challenges—this story encourages good stewardship. The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 The detective, who was a former public servant, was suspected of gathering information on Middle Eastern companies and individuals in Turkey, placing tracking devices and engaging in surveillance, the MIT intelligence agency said. NBC News, 5 Mar. 2024 In the rest of government there are laws and regulations telling our public servants what is expected of them. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 For a public servant, Cabral is unusually outspoken—at least on Instagram, where his account is devoted to denouncing animal cruelty. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Wayne and Macomb county governments also require public servants file disclosures. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of public servant was in 1671

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“Public servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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public servant

: a governmental official or employee
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