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Petty officer   /pˈɛti ˈɔfəsər/   Listen
Petty officer

A noncommissioned officer in the Navy or Coast Guard with a rank comparable to sergeant in the Army.  Synonyms: P.O., PO.

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... system, gave rise to corruption and complication without insuring liberty. The most trivial affairs were regulated by overbearing and exacting royal officials. Everything depended upon the honesty and industry or upon the meanness and caprice of these officials. Each petty officer transmitted long reports to his superior; but the general public was kept in the dark about official matters, and was left to guess, as best it could, the reasons for the seemingly unreasonable acts of the government. If an intendant increased the taxes on a village, the ignorant ...
— A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. • Carlton J. H. Hayes

... food at a farm house, the owner of which proved to be a tory, and gave information to some soldiers in the vicinity—the Jacksons were both captured and led to prison. In the affray—for they yielded only by force—Robert was cut on the head by a sword in the hands of a petty officer, and he died in great agony in prison. It was here and then that the firm and manly bearing of the boy was exhibited; for he stood his griefs and imprisonment like a true hero. Not a tear escaped him by which his enemies might be led to believe he feared their power, ...
— The Humors of Falconbridge - A Collection of Humorous and Every Day Scenes • Jonathan F. Kelley

... was summoned before the authorities to answer the most absurd charges, and daily she was subjected to the most harassing annoyance, from the desire of each petty officer to get money through their misfortunes. Notwithstanding her repulse in her application to the queen, hardly a day passed for seven months that she did not visit some one of the members of government, or branches ...
— Lives of the Three Mrs. Judsons • Arabella W. Stuart

Words linked to "Petty officer" :   enlisted officer, noncommissioned officer, chief petty officer, master-at-arms, noncom, SCPO

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