functionary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n functionary a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Functionary One charged with the performance of a function or office; as, a public functionary; secular functionaries.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n functionary One who holds an office or a trust: as, a public functionary; secular functionaries.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Functionary one who discharges any duty: one who holds an office
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Quotations

  • Walter Lippmann
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    “Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fonctionnaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. function-emfungi, functus, to perform.

Usage

In literature:

These functionaries often do much good and are recognized expressions of the social interest of employers.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
I am a functionary, Monsieur.
"The Man With The Broken Ear" by Edmond About
IN WHICH A HIGH FUNCTIONARY IS MADE TO PLAY A SINGULAR PART.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
Sick at heart, Mendel sought that worthy functionary.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
JUDGES and other legal functionaries, though ostensibly 'sage, grave men,' are oftentimes sad wags, and fond of fun and frolic.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various
How far the provocation was to be considered as a ground of mercy, these legal functionaries declined to judge.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745." by Mrs. Thomson
This functionary did not seem at all surprised at our reappearance.
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
In about an hour that functionary appeared.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
He found that functionary and the vice-consul in a state of great agitation.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
He is only a functionary, and Frenchmen care nothing about functionaries.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
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In news:

Folks entering the front door of the Hampden Republican Club are not greeted by political functionaries.
In this case, the censor was George Deutsch, a functionary in NASA's public affairs office whose chief credential appears to have been his service with President Bush's re-election campaign and inaugural committee.
KU ticket scandal offers a glimpse into functionary hell.
About a month ago news broke that a group of New Mexico Republican functionaries had undertaken training sessions for poll challengers who were being equipped, as the online journal www.
When another functionary saw news reports of the telegram 's disclosure, he exclaimed, "Kemnitz, that fantastic idiot, has done this.".
DOE engineer, inspector, and career troublemaker Joe Carson makes life difficult for functionaries… and for himself.
The problem is that Amat was a representative and functionary for the brutal regime of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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