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subaltern

adjective baser, humble, inferior, junior, less, lesser, low, lower, lower in rank, lowly, minor, of lower rank, secondary, servile, subalternate, subcenturio, subsidiary, under
See also: ancillary, assistant, ignoble, inferior, minor, secondary, slight, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary

SUBALTERN. A kind of officer who exercises his authority under the superintendence and control of a superior.

References in classic literature ?
He returned abruptly to the subaltern officer and the regiment in Canada.
The Senior Subaltern meant no harm; but his chaff was coarse, and he didn't quite understand where to stop.
Perhaps it would be better, sir, to send the men away," said he to the colonel, for he was a much privileged subaltern.
Bobby, the Captain of a dhoni, with Private Dormer for mate, dropped down the river on Thursday morning - the Private at the bow, the Subaltern at the helm.
It is true that a subaltern owes respect to his superiors; he is guilty when he deceives himself, and he should be punished if he infringed either the duties or laws of his office.
Well, he's really a good fellow, one can serve under him," said Timokhin to the subaltern beside him.
I remember him well when his years told four and twenty; on my soul the proudest subaltern of my acquaintance, and with the most reason to be proud.
The outlaw noticed the surprised hesitation of his faithful subaltern and signing him to listen, said:
I am fighting, sir," said he, as simply as any subaltern in the army.
At present he ranks simply as senior Harpooneer; and as such, is but one of the captain's more inferior subalterns.
Here Guitant spoke to one of the subalterns, asking how matters were progressing.
They bore the poor limp body to the mass of the regiment, lolling open-mouthed on their rifles; and there was a general snigger when one of the younger subalterns said, "That was a good man