Part of speech: noun

A public official.

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Usage examples "functionary":

  1. The interview with the Secretary of War was over in five minutes, and never had that functionary experienced such a surprise. - "Marion's Faith.", Charles King.
  2. The domestics were directed to keep a sharp look- out; and, as soon as a figure was seen approaching that appeared to be a creditor or of the State functionary tribe, the blinds of the abode were lowered, the dog Turk was dungeoned, and every trace of there being inhabitants vanished. - "Balzac", Frederick Lawton.
  3. After throwing a glance at the papers presented to him by Ghangir, the Chinese functionary rose and bowed respectfully to Faruskiar, saying: " May the General Manager of the Grand Transasiatic deign to receive my ten thousand respects!" - "The Adventures of a Special Correspondent", Jules Verne.