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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As a public servant, father, and grandfather, President George H.W. Bush was an extraordinary example for us all. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michelle Obama Honors George H.W. Bush in Moving Instagram Post," 3 Dec. 2018 Book now dedicates her work as a public servant to passing laws that protect survivors. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit Live," 11 Nov. 2018 My ability to fulfill my obligations as a State Representative and public servant will be affected by the distraction of addressing these allegations. Gaby Del Valle, Teen Vogue, "Rep. Nick Sauer Resigned After Being Accused of Posting Nude Photos of a Woman Without Consent," 2 Aug. 2018 And who are not driven so much by ideology, but are willing to be public servants for all America, not just their own base. Cody Boteler,, "A civic journey: From immigrant to citizen to voter," 2 July 2018 There are so many brave public servants that are doing important work in the FBI, in the CIA, in our intelligence community. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Mueller probe should never have taken place," 31 May 2018 Currently, he is restrained only by the lingering professionalism of public servants and a few thin threads of institutional inertia. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 But, on the whole, the performance of our public servants was heroic, not destructive. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 11 Sep. 2018 Lifelong public servant Senator John McCain is being memorialized today at a service in the Washington National Cathedral. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Donald Trump Is Not Attending John McCain's Washington D.C. Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of public servant

1671, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public servant was in 1671

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: a government official or employee

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