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under secretary

or undersecretary

[uhn-der-sek-ri-ter-ee] /ˈʌn dərˈsɛk rɪˌtɛr i/
noun, (often initial capital letters)
an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet:
Under Secretary of the Treasury.
Origin of under secretary
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The train on which the under secretary is traveling is due to stop at Tyrone.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • Jimmy delivered his papers to the under secretary and got a receipt for them.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • I put it there myself yesterday, broke in the under secretary.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • And the under secretary was called on to hear every prophet!

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Something of the kind has happened, admitted the under secretary.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • The accompanying smile was forced, and the under secretary was not in the least deceived.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • In some sense, the under secretary was more puzzled than Rosamund.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Yes, it is a magazine, answered the under secretary, at last.

  • Your insolence, sir, overwhelms me, replied the under secretary.

  • He would be somebody,—almost as good as an under secretary of State,—with a title.

    Marion Fay

    Anthony Trollope

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