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Meaning of public enemy

pub'lic en'emy

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, esp. a wanted criminal widely sought by the F.B.I. and local police forces.
  2. a nation or government with which one's own is at war.
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