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  1. PUBLICKadjective

    Etymology: public, publique, Fr. publicus, Lat.

    By following the law of private reason, where the law of publick should take place, they breed disturbance. Richard Hooker.

    Of royal maids how wretched is the fate,
    Born only to be victims of the state;
    Our hopes, our wishes, all our passions try’d
    For publick use, the slaves of others pride. George Granville.

    Have we not able counsellors, hourly watching over the publick weal. Jonathan Swift.

    Joseph being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. Matth.

    A dismal universal hiss, the sound
    Of publick scorn. John Milton.

    They were publick hearted men, as they paid all taxes, so they gave up all their time to their country’s service, without any reward. Edward Hyde.

    All nations that grew great out of little or nothing, did so merely by the publick mindedness of particular persons. South.

    A good magistrate must be endued with a publick spirit, that is with such an excellent temper, as sets him loose from all selfish views, and makes him endeavour towards promoting the common good. Francis Atterbury.

    The income of the commonwealth is raised on such as have money to spend at taverns and publick houses. Addison.

  2. Publicknoun

    Etymology: from publiicus, Lat. le publique, Fr.

    The publick is more disposed to censure than to praise. Add.

    Philosophy, though it likes not a gaudy dress, yet, when it appears in publick, must have so much complacency, as to be cloathed in the ordinary fashion. John Locke.

    In private grieve, but with a careless scorn;
    In publick seem to triumph, not to mourn. George Granville.

    In publick ’tis they hide,
    Where none distinguish. Alexander Pope.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of publick in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of publick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. occlusive
    • B. soft-witted
    • C. defiant
    • D. ectomorphic

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