public servant


Definition of public servant

: a government official or employee

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The kind of politician who is truly a public servant. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bubblicious, &c.," 4 Jan. 2021 Strong words from an idealist, a dedicated French public servant, standing up for a subtle idea in an age of warring certainties. New York Times, "An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France," 1 Jan. 2021 Family and close friends of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon are saying their final goodbyes to the dedicated public servant, who died from COVID-19 earlier this month. Detroit Free Press, "Watch live: Funeral service for Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon," 30 Dec. 2020 His father was a retired public servant who had not received his government pension for months. Washington Post, "Protests flare in Iraq’s Kurdish north, adding new front in national crisis," 12 Dec. 2020 Others sentenced on Thursday included a 16-year-old and a public servant. Washington Post, "Leader of South Korean online sexual blackmail ring is jailed for 40 years," 26 Nov. 2020 For as long as Pete Van Horn's daughter could remember, her father was always a public servant of some kind. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Community remembers longtime Delafield Town Board member who made yearly trips to Haiti to help others," 18 Nov. 2020 Much like the rest of Trump’s inner circle, Atlas isn’t an expert or true public servant. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Scott Atlas, Star Disciple in Trump’s Covid Death Cult," 17 Nov. 2020 Make healing our divides your top priority and commit to being a public servant with integrity. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: To make San Diego better in 2021, each person elected to office must put the People first," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of public servant

1671, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2021

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“Public servant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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: a government official or employee

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