Definition of functionary in English:



  • A person who has to perform official functions or duties; an official.

    • ‘The first generation of African universities thus focused on producing functionaries for the civil service.’
    • ‘The next predictable step was to appoint from among the clan a functionary whose duty was to report on clan members who committed offences against national law.’
    • ‘The theft is mired in the network of corrupt ministers and other functionaries appointed by US officials.’
    • ‘Democratic republics can no more dispense with national idols than monarchies with public functionaries.’
    • ‘But they should abandon the illusion that the news manager can be dropped as an official functionary.’
    • ‘Most parishioners, even the most ignorant, regarded the priest as a church functionary, someone who performed necessary services, rather than as a spiritual guide.’
    • ‘It is doubtful whether the functionaries of the Maharashtra government have read it either.’
    • ‘Various functionaries of the government are duly authorised and empowered to settle cases within the powers delegated to them.’
    • ‘How to handle a gigantic society with a relatively small government poses a challenge to all public functionaries.’
    • ‘This is necessary to sensitise other organisations, scientists and government functionaries as well.’
    • ‘So, there is a need to train both the government officials and functionaries of agencies, which take up watershed projects.’
    • ‘Training and building capacities of government functionaries, for instance, is essential.’
    • ‘The court also requires a court clerk and a number of functionaries officially called peace officers.’
    • ‘His experience as a legal clerk was to give him a consistent antipathy to the servants, functionaries, officials, and practitioners of the English Law.’
    • ‘The State Election Commission sources say political functionaries are allowed to use Government cars only for official work.’
    • ‘Tax-dodging tycoons have also angered regular folk who are already fed up with rampant graft that has put many a government functionary behind the wheel of a fancy car.’
    • ‘It was a rare come-together of advocates, judges, party functionaries, officials and the people.’
    • ‘One sunny afternoon last month I sat drinking a glass of tea in the office of a functionary in Mus, a market town in eastern Anatolia known for producing sugar beets, tobacco and violence.’
    • ‘The leaders have said that due the withdrawal of the security of many party workers and functionaries, the government has put them in a grave risk.’
    • ‘For doing all such activities and acting as an important functionary for the government, the monthly wages being paid to him are too meager to be taken into consideration.’
    official, office-bearer, office-holder, public servant, civil servant, bureaucrat, administrator, apparatchik
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