private vs public

private

Definitions

noun

  1. an enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines

adjective

  1. not expressed
  2. concerning one person exclusively
  3. confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
  4. concerning things deeply private and personal

Examples

Second, that the entire Reichstag assented to the declarations made by the speakers on Tuesday that the Emperor had exceeded his constitutional prerogatives in private discussion with foreigners concerning Germany's attitude on controverted questions.

He asked me bluntly, ‘Why would you want to leave private life and take on such a difficult, dangerous and probably thankless job?’

To supplement his income, he taught private voice lessons in his home and sang in a church choir.

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public

Definitions

adjective

  1. not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
  2. affecting the people or community as a whole

noun

  1. people in general considered as a whole
  2. a body of people sharing some common interest

Examples

In my view his confrontational, gladiatorial style has been a major contributor to the widespread disdain of the British public for politicians generally.

However, we still rely entirely on the generosity of the public for funding.

The BBC never tires of telling us how passionately it seeks the interest and participation of the public in its political output, particularly the young.

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