public enemy

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Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /ˈpʌblɪk ˈɛnəmi/

Noun[change]

Singular
public enemy

Plural
public enemies

  1. A public enemy is an enemy of the public (people), or someone who hurts the people. Usually, this means a criminal.
    They arrested public enemy number one yesterday.
  2. (informal) Someone that most people do not like.