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func·tion·ar·y

 (fŭngk′shə-nĕr′ē)
n. pl. func·tion·ar·ies
One who holds an office or a trust or performs a particular function; an official.

functionary

(ˈfʌŋkʃənərɪ)
n, pl -aries
a person acting in an official capacity, as for a government; an official
adj
a less common word for functional, official

func•tion•ar•y

(ˈfʌŋk ʃəˌnɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies.
a person who functions in a specified capacity; an official: civil servants and other functionaries.
[1785–95; < French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.functionary - a worker who holds or is invested with an officefunctionary - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
apparatchik - a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization (especially a political organization); "Democratic apparatchiks"
appointee - an official who is appointed
bailiff - an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.
beadle - a minor parish official who serves a ceremonial function
administrative official, bureaucrat - an official of a bureaucracy
caretaker - an official who performs the duties of an office temporarily; "he acted as a caretaker until a new president could be elected"
censor - a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
census taker, enumerator - someone who collects census data by visiting individual homes
church officer - a church official
city father - an important municipal official
civil servant - a public official who is a member of the civil service
commissar, political commissar - an official of the Communist Party who was assigned to teach party principles to a military unit
Comptroller General - a United States federal official who supervises expenditures and settles claims against the government
Comptroller of the Currency - a United States federal official who regulates the national banks
diplomat, diplomatist - an official engaged in international negotiations
elected official - official who won the office in a free election
equerry - an official charged with the care of the horses of princes or nobles
fire marshall - an official who is responsible for the prevention and investigation of fires
fire warden, forest fire fighter, ranger - an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
hearing examiner, hearing officer - an official appointed by a government agency to conduct an investigation or administrative hearing so that the agency can exercise its statutory powers
holdover, hangover - an official who remains in office after his term
incumbent, officeholder - the official who holds an office
Inquisitor - an official of the ecclesiastical court of the Inquisition
invalidator, voider, nullifier - an official who can invalidate or nullify; "my bank check was voided and I wanted to know who the invalidator was"
judge, jurist, justice - a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
licenser - an official who can issue a license or give authoritative permission (especially one who licenses publications)
macebearer, macer, mace - an official who carries a mace of office
mandarin - any high government official or bureaucrat
notary, notary public - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions
noticer - someone who gives formal notice
officeholder, officer - someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year"
federal agent, agent - any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
provincial - (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order; "the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials"
postmaster general - the official in charge of the national postal service
proconsul - an official in a modern colony who has considerable administrative power
prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, prosecutor, public prosecutor - a government official who conducts criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state
quaestor - any of several public officials of ancient Rome (usually in charge of finance and administration)
recruiter - an official who enlists personnel for military service
record-keeper, recorder, registrar - someone responsible for keeping records
regulator - an official responsible for control and supervision of a particular activity or area of public interest
returning officer - the official in each electorate who holds the election and returns the results
sealer - an official who affixes a seal to a document
searcher - a customs official whose job is to search baggage or goods or vehicles for contraband or dutiable items
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills

functionary

noun officer, official, dignitary, office holder, office bearer, employee a properly elected state functionary
Translations

functionary

[ˈfʌŋkʃənərɪ] Nfuncionario/a m/f

functionary

nFunktionär(in) m(f)

functionary

[ˈfʌŋkʃnərɪ] nfunzionario/a
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I doubt greatly -- or, rather, I do not doubt at all -- whether any public functionary of the United States, either in the civil or military line, has ever had such a patriarchal body of veterans under his orders as myself.
And when that functionary appeared before him, he bade him without delay set about making a new leg, and directed the mates to see him supplied with all the studs and joists of jaw-ivory (Sperm Whale) which had thus far been accumulated on the voyage, in order that a careful selection of the stoutest, clearest-grained stuff might be secured.
She had a turn for traffic, and a marked propensity for saving; shown not only in the vending of eggs and chickens, but also in driving hard bargains with the gardener about flower-roots, seeds, and slips of plants; that functionary having orders from Mrs.
Monsieur Gabelle was the Postmaster, and some other taxing functionary united; he had come out with great obsequiousness to assist at this examination, and had held the examined by the drapery of his arm in an official manner.
He is a functionary whose existence, in the natural course of things, would have terminated about two hundred years ago.
Forward then, my respectable privy councillor," replied Colonel Philippe, whistling to the dogs, who seemed more willing to obey him than the public functionary to whom they belonged.
A package of banknotes, to the value of fifty-five thousand pounds, had been taken from the principal cashier's table, that functionary being at the moment engaged in registering the receipt of three shillings and sixpence.
And they both set forward as fast as they could toward the country house of the worthy functionary.
The honorable functionary had scarcely expressed himself thus, in that intonation which is peculiar to brigadiers of the gendarmerie, when a loud scream, accompanied by the violent ringing of a bell, resounded through the court of the hotel.
The functionary next in consequence to the agent was the blacksmith, a most important, and, indeed, indispensable personage in a frontier community.
The Chancellor worded it for me," he added, glancing at that great Functionary.
This functionary, however well disposed to my friend, could not altogether conceal his chagrin at the turn which affairs had taken, and was fain to indulge in a sarcasm or two, about the propriety of every person minding his own business.