functionary functionary  /ˈfəŋkʃə ˌnɛ ri/


  • (n) a worker who holds or is invested with an office


  1. He retold the history of his own ten years as Communist Party functionary and managing editor of the Daily Worker.
  2. The functionary looked at me for a moment and then said: I'm afraid it's a very restricted space.
  3. In his final days, a government functionary discovers the joy of living.



  1. "They should feel deeply encouraged and inspired. It is their contribution which has been recognized," said Pachauri. "I only happen to be a functionary that essentially oversees the process."
    on Oct 12, 2007 By: Rajendra Pachauri Source: Forbes

  2. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, said Google seemingly had acted "as a functionary of the Chinese government. ...... This is astonishing."
    on Feb 14, 2006 By: Jim Leach Source: MSNBC

  3. "I haven't met any Pakistani government functionary over the last eight years, although there were a lot of overtures from the Pakistani side to meet me and to talk to me," Sharif said Sunday afternoon.
    on Nov 26, 2007 By: Nawaz Sharif Source: CNN

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