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functionary

[fuhngk-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈfʌŋk ʃəˌnɛr i/
noun, plural functionaries.
1.
a person who functions in a specified capacity, especially in government service; an official:
civil servants, bureaucrats, and other functionaries.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; function + -ary, modeled on French fonctionnaire
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British Dictionary definitions for function-aries

functionary

/ˈfʌŋkʃənərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
a person acting in an official capacity, as for a government; an official
adjective
2.
a less common word for functional, official
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Word Origin and History for function-aries

functionary

n.

"one who has a certain function," 1791, from or patterned on French fonctionnaire, a word of the Revolution; from Old French function (see function).

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