an official who is subordinate to a principal secretary, as in the U.S. cabinet: Under Secretary of the Treasury.
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How to use under secretary in a sentence
He thought he would earn some points with her considering her opposition to him taking the job as undersecretary.Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden | Eli Lake | February 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“My worry is not over the next six months,” said Dov Zakheim, former undersecretary of Defense in the Bush administration.
Their solution, Landler wrote: nominate former undersecretary of defense Michele Flournoy for the job.How the Chuck Hagel Fight Changed the American Jewish Landscape in Washington | J. J. Goldberg | August 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dov Zakheim 2003: Undersecretary of Defense as comptroller for the Pentagon.Few Regrets as Neoconservative Advocates for Iraq Invasion Look Back | Eli Lake | March 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs.
Then, without a sign of emotion or recognition he went back to staring at the Undersecretary with an intensity almost violent.Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
Was Undersecretary for the Colonies in a late Administration.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | A. Conan Doyle
Involuntarily she glanced at the Undersecretary, and her eyes spoke so plainly that he could not avoid taking a decisive step.The Saint | Antonio Fogazzaro
I sent his carefully written papers to an undersecretary of the World Congress and forgot the matter.Greener Than You Think | Ward Moore
The Undersecretary made an answer to one of Simon's remarks.Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
British Dictionary definitions for undersecretary
any of various senior civil servants in certain government departments
short for undersecretary of state: any of various high officials subordinate only to the minister in charge of a department
(in the US) a high government official subordinate only to the secretary in charge of a department
- undersecretaryship, noun
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