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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

I am wondering if you use the word "public functionary" to mean "
civil servant" or "public servant"? Does the word make sense to you?

Thanks a lot
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    I've seen "functionary" before, Silver. I'm not sure I've ever seen "public functionary", however. I'd say that "public servant" or "public employee" would be easier to understand. So would "bureaucrat", especially if you want the reference to sound slightly insulting. :)


    Senior Member
    And also, I tend to associate the word "functionary" with someone who is not necessarily a public servant (may be a party functionary) but is a high-ranking figure, possibly a well-known one. A functionary, for me, is more of a political figure.
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