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publick (comparative more publick, superlative most publick)

  1. Obsolete spelling of public
    • 1658, Anonymous, given as "W. M.", The Compleat Cook[1]:
      55. Culpeper's last Legacy, left to his Wife for the publick good, being the choicest and most profitable of those secrets in Physick and Chyrurgery; which whilst he lived, were lockt up in his breast, and resolved never to be published till after his death.
    • 1729, Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal[2]:
      Produced by An Anonymous Volunteer A MODEST PROPOSAL For preventing the children of poor people in Ireland, from being a burden on their parents or country, and for making them beneficial to the publick. by Dr. Jonathan Swift 1729 It is a melancholy object to those, who walk through this great town, or travel in the country, when they see the streets, the roads and cabbin-doors crowded with beggars of the female sex, followed by three, four, or six children, all in rags, and importuning every passenger for an alms.
    • 1861, Various, Atlantic Monthly, Volume 7, No. 39, January, 1861[3]:
      Our late distinguished townsman, Noah Dow, Esquire, as is welt known, bequeathed a large portion of his fortune to this establishment,--"being thereto moved," as his will expressed it, "by the desire of N. Dowing some publick Institution for the benefit of Mankind."
    • 1660, Samuel Pepys, Diary of Samuel Pepys, May 1660[4]:
      "The Parliament also permitted General Monk to send Mr. Clarges, his brother-in-law, accompanied with some officers of the army, to assure his Majesty of the fidelity and obedience of the army, which had made publick and solemn protestations thereof, after the Letter and Declaration was communicated unto them by the General."


publick (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of public