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Public, adj. 1) pertaining to the state: “the body p.” Meas. I, 2, 163. “the p. body,” Tim. V, 1, 148. “p. weal,” H6A I, 1, 177. Cor. III, 1, 176. “pricked on by p. wrongs,” H6A III, 2, 78. “for the p. good,” H6B I, 1, 199. “treasury,” I, 3, 134. “peace,” H8 V, 3, 41. “benefit,” Cor. I, 1, 156. “power,” III, 1, 269. “laws,” Tim. V, 4, 62. “reasons,” Caes. III, 2, 7. p. leave to speak, 224 (== official). “chair,” Caes. III, 2, 7 “a p. minister of justice,” Ant. V, 1, 20. “by p. war,” Per. I, 2, 104.
2) general, common, open to all, or done in the sight of the people: “a p. fast,” Lucr. 891. “the p. plague of many,” Lucr. 891 “p. honour,” Sonn. 25, 2. “with p. kindness,” 36, 11. “p. means,” 111, 4. “sport,” Wiv. IV, 4, 14. “the p. ear,” Meas. IV, 2, 102. Ant. III. 4, 5. “in the p. eye,” III, 6, 11. “thanks,” Meas. V, 7. “p. accusation,” Ado IV, 1, 307; cf. Hml. IV, 7, 17. “shame,” LLL I, 1, 132. “street,” Merch. II, 5, 32. Ant. II, 2, 234. “our p. court,” As I, 3, 46. “haunt,” II, 1, 15. Rom. III, 1, 53. “spectacle,” H6A I, 4, 41. “commoner,” Oth. IV, 2, 73. == vulgar: “p. means which p. manners breeds,” Sonn. 111, 4. in p. == in open view, not in private or secretly: Wint. II, 1, 197. Cymb. I, 4, 59.
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