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functionary

[ fuhngk-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈfʌŋk ʃəˌnɛr i /
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noun, plural func·tion·ar·ies.

a person who functions in a specified capacity, especially in government service; an official: civil servants, bureaucrats, and other functionaries.

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Origin of functionary

1785–95; function + -ary, modeled on French fonctionnaire
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British Dictionary definitions for functionary

functionary
/ (ˈfʌŋkʃənərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a person acting in an official capacity, as for a government; an official

adjective

a less common word for functional, official
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