Definition of public enemy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


public enemy

BrE BrE//ˌpʌblɪk ˈenəmi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpʌblɪk ˈenəmi//
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a person who has done, or is believed to have done, a very bad thing, especially something that is harmful to society public enemy number one (= the person or thing that is most frightening or that is most hated)

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