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clerk

1. clerk to the justices (in England) a legally qualified person who sits in court with lay justices to advise them on points of law
2. an employee of a court, legislature, board, corporation, etc., who keeps records and accounts, etc.
3. Brit a senior official of the House of Commons
4. a cleric
5. US and Canadian short for salesclerk
6. Archaic a scholar
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Beinart is right in urging liberals to craft a foreign policy more inspiring and substantive than the clerkish "competence" promised by Michael Dukakis and John Kerry.
Indeed many of the elements that appear in The Trial are to be found here: a seemingly anonymous clerkish bureaucracy, an arcane hierarchy with rigid etiquette, a stifling mass of records, a sense of the irrepressible weight of all that remains unavailable to the central character.
45) cites Christine's views on the 'courtly predator' and the 'malignity of clerkish misogyny'; Chapter 8 (pp.