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Synonyms for public
ˈpʌb lɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. populace, public, world(noun)

    people in general considered as a whole

    "he is a hero in the eyes of the public"

    reality, world, humankind, human race, earthly concern, man, cosmos, globe, creation, macrocosm, universe, worldly concern, populace, humanity, human beings, mankind, existence, humans, earth, domain

    offstage, closed-door, secluded, private, one-on-one, tete-a-tete, clubby, secret, nonpublic, single, privy, snobbish, cliquish, confidential, insular, snobby, semiprivate, cloistered, sequestered, reclusive, clannish, individual, head-to-head, backstage, toffee-nosed, close

  2. public(adj)

    a body of people sharing some common interest

    "the reading public"

    world, populace

    reclusive, one-on-one, single, close, snobbish, clubby, tete-a-tete, cloistered, insular, secret, private, confidential, clannish, head-to-head, secluded, individual, snobby, semiprivate, cliquish, backstage, toffee-nosed, offstage, closed-door, nonpublic, sequestered, privy

  3. public(adj)

    not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole

    "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures"

    nonpublic, secluded, privy, secret, confidential, cloistered, toffee-nosed, snobbish, backstage, individual, sequestered, snobby, cliquish, reclusive, closed-door, insular, single, semiprivate, close, clannish, tete-a-tete, head-to-head, clubby, offstage, private, one-on-one

  4. public(adj)

    affecting the people or community as a whole

    "community leaders"; "community interests"; "the public welfare"

    semiprivate, head-to-head, snobby, closed-door, cliquish, confidential, secret, toffee-nosed, offstage, secluded, clubby, private, sequestered, nonpublic, backstage, clannish, one-on-one, insular, single, individual, cloistered, reclusive, privy, snobbish, tete-a-tete, close


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  2. public(adjective)

    Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment.

    Members of the public may not proceed beyond this point.


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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. public

    Common signifies frequently occurring, not out of the regular course, not exceptional; hence, not above the average, not excellent or distinguished, inferior, or even low; common also signifies pertaining to or participated in by two or more persons or things; as, sorrow is common to the race. General may signify pertaining equally to all of a class, race, etc., but very commonly signifies pertaining to the greater number, but not necessarily to all. Universal applies to all without exception; general applies to all with possible or comparatively slight exceptions; common applies to very many without deciding whether they are even a majority. A common remark is one we often hear; a general experience is one that comes to the majority of people; a universal experience is one from which no human being is exempt. It is dangerous for a debater to affirm a universal proposition, since that can be negatived by a single exception, while a general statement is not invalidated even by adducing many exceptions. We say a common opinion, common experience, a general rule, general truth, a universal law. Compare synonyms for NORMAL; USUAL.

    common, commonplace, customary, everyday, familiar, frequent, general, habitual, normal, ordinary, popular, prevalent, universal, usual

    exceptional, infrequent, rare, singular, uncommon, unknown, unusual

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. public

    open, notorious, common, social, national, exoteric, general, generally known

    close, secret, private, domestic, secluded, solitary, personal, individual

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. public(a.)

    of the whole, not private

  2. public(a.)

    open, notorious, generally known

  3. public(a.)

    common, general

  4. public(n.)

    [preceded by The.] persons, men, society, the people, the community, the world

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  1. Michael Blackwell:

    I'm very concerned that the profession is poised to lose public trust, i don't think we can gain public trust if the perception exists of a conflict of interest.

  2. Edward Snowden on Thursday:

    We see that in many countries around the world governments are aggressively pressing for more power, more authority, more surveillance rather than less, in every case these policy proposals that work against the public are being billed as public safety programs.

  3. Lowell Goddard:

    Public concern about institutional failure to protect children from sexual abuse has mounted with the growing realisation of the sheer scale of this problem.

  4. Sergeant Brett Palmer:

    That it's our duty to make the sheriff look good to the media and the public.

  5. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    It has been shocking to see reports of the alleged activities taking place at Planned Parenthood facilities across the country. Planned Parenthood does not represent the values of the people of Louisiana and shows a fundamental disrespect for human life. It has become clear that this is not an organization that is worthy of receiving public assistance from the state.

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