Definition of functionary in English:



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

    • ‘Most parishioners, even the most ignorant, regarded the priest as a church functionary, someone who performed necessary services, rather than as a spiritual guide.’
    • ‘But they should abandon the illusion that the news manager can be dropped as an official functionary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Training and building capacities of government functionaries, for instance, is essential.’
    • ‘The theft is mired in the network of corrupt ministers and other functionaries appointed by US officials.’
    • ‘His experience as a legal clerk was to give him a consistent antipathy to the servants, functionaries, officials, and practitioners of the English Law.’
    • ‘How to handle a gigantic society with a relatively small government poses a challenge to all public functionaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Democratic republics can no more dispense with national idols than monarchies with public functionaries.’
    • ‘It was a rare come-together of advocates, judges, party functionaries, officials and the people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Various functionaries of the government are duly authorised and empowered to settle cases within the powers delegated to them.’
    • ‘The court also requires a court clerk and a number of functionaries officially called peace officers.’
    • ‘The first generation of African universities thus focused on producing functionaries for the civil service.’
    • ‘It is doubtful whether the functionaries of the Maharashtra government have read it either.’
    • ‘So, there is a need to train both the government officials and functionaries of agencies, which take up watershed projects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is necessary to sensitise other organisations, scientists and government functionaries as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The State Election Commission sources say political functionaries are allowed to use Government cars only for official work.’
    official, office-bearer, office-holder, public servant, civil servant, bureaucrat, administrator, apparatchik
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