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  • n. A position or occupation established by law or by the act of a government body, for the purpose of exercising the authority of the government in the service of the public.

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  • n. a position concerning the people as a whole


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  • But the person whom they named to this public office might be legally excused by insanity or blindness, by ignorance or inability, by previous enmity or adverse interest, by the number of children or guardianships with which he was already burdened, and by the immunities which were granted to the useful labors of magistrates, lawyers, physicians, and professors.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • With this preamble, Ferguson sketched out the general operations of the Secret Committee, and lodged a circumstantial indictment against Robert Morris as “the merchant whose career owed the most to the fertile linkage of public office and private business.”

    Robert Morris

  • All of these officials had accepted without question and as implicit in public office the obligation to carry on the dangerous and difficult undertakings for which private philanthropy is unfitted, as if the commonalty of compassion represented by the State was more comprehending than that of any individual group.

    Twenty Years at Hull-House, With Autobiographical Notes

  • "There is an ambiguity about his citizen status which the censor must clarify before Lucius Equitius can stand for any public office attached to the Senate and People of Rome!"

    The First Man in Rome

  • Those of us in public office may try to avoid the conversation about religious values altogether, fearful of offending anyone and claiming that-regardless of our personal beliefs-constitutional principles tie our hands on issues like abortion or school prayer.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • Labor's new shadow attorney-general, Kelvin Thomson, demonstrated today his unsuitability for senior public office by spreading falsehoods about the treatment of David Hicks by prison authorities at Guantanamo Bay.

    Media Release from the Minister for Foreign Affairs:: Labor's false claims about the treatment of David Hicks

  • To hold any public office it was necessary to belong to one or other of these guilds (arti); the nobles were therefore wont to enter their names on the books of the wool-weavers 'guild.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • However, no suitable position was vacant at the time, and Klopp retired from public office to devote himself entirely to his historical studies.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • For if his exposure to Romans during the siege of Numantia had taught him anything about them, it was that almost all Romans who aspired to high public office were chronically short of money.

    The First Man in Rome

  • The advance of commerce, with its consequent accession of wealth, so multiplied the subjects requiring the judgment of a Court of Equity, that the limits of a public office were found wholly inadequate to supply a sufficient number of officers to conduct the business of the suitors.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jun/Jul 1660


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