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 scion of a distinguished German Jewish family, Bob became the quintessential public servant. James D. Zirin, Time, "When 'the Boss' Was My Boss: What I Learned Working for Legendary Prosecutor Robert M. Morgenthau," 23 July 2019 Instead, struggling in the wake of the first debate, the longtime public servant has hit upon a different message: Sure, other candidates might inspire people to hope for more and reimagine what this country can do, but that’s too much. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Biden’s Pitch to Voters: Dream Small," 19 July 2019 This in spite of the fact that the public servants were doing the job entrusted to them — protection of public health. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Defending culling of geese; Culling angers Canadian; If the shoe fits…; Give that team a raise (7/10/19)," 10 July 2019 Ann Paget Pizitz is charged with bribery of public servants and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Huntsville police. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Melt restaurant co-founder offered officer $1,000 bribe to avoid DUI, police say," 5 Aug. 2019 In June Quebec, the French-speaking province which often goes its own way, passed a law banning some public servants, including teachers and police, from wearing religious symbols. The Economist, "CanadaCanadians must decide if they want to remain a liberal beacon," 25 July 2019 Atkinson served on the MPC board for eight years, four of them as chair, then focused his energy as a public servant, possessed a great belief in civil liberties and served as the California regional director of the American Civil Liberties Union. James Herrera, The Mercury News, "Monterey’s Bixby House: Beautiful views, rich history," 14 July 2019 The chief prosecutor is not the only influential public servant who was once on his payroll. David Segal, New York Times, "High in His ‘Glassle,’ Georgia’s Richest Man Looms Over Country’s Top Project," 2 July 2019 By being an enormous public figure, Musk has created ecosystems based entirely on himself: his fans, of course; a community of shorts; several whistleblowers; various publicity-hungry public servants. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk is the first influencer CEO," 21 Dec. 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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