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functionary

[fuhngk-shuh-ner-ee]
noun, plural functionaries.
a person who functions in a specified capacity, especially in government service; an official: civil servants, bureaucrats, and other functionaries.

Origin:
1785–95; function + -ary, modeled on French fonctionnaire

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functionary (ˈfʌŋkʃənərɪ)
 
n , pl -aries
1.  a person acting in an official capacity, as for a government; an official
 
adj
2.  functional a less common word for official

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functionary
"one who has a certain function," 1791, from Fr. fonctionnaire, a word of the Revolution; from O.Fr. function (see function).
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