Watching to a documentary I've noticed that they refer to people as retired and/or former, what is the difference between the two?
John Doe former minister of defense
John Doe retired minister of defense
Researching I found that retired and former are synonymous but, why sometimes for the same person is used retired and other times former?
Reply to the those who asked where I've found that the two words are synonymous:
Google search: retired synonym
The first word listed is: former
That is why I presumed that they are synonymous, as you all may noticed English is not my first language, so please go easy with me ;-)