publi-, pub-

(Latin: people, belonging to the people, concerning people, population)

Fures privatorum in nervo ataque in compentibus aetatem agunt; fures publici in auro ataque in purpura.
Those who steal from private individuals spend their lives in stocks and chains; those who steal from the pubic treasure go dressed in gold and purple.
—Marcus Porcius Cato (234-149.B.C.)
ludi publici (pl) (noun)
In Roman antiquity, ludi publici (LYOO digh PUB li sigh) were public games and spectacles, including athletic competitions, horse and chariot races, exhibitions of the arena, and theater.

"Ludi Cercenses" (sur SEN seez) were games of the Circus; "ludic scenici" (SEN i sigh) of the theater.

Some were named for particular festivals: "ludi Apollinares" (uh pol" i NAY reez), in honor of Apollo, chiefly theatrical; "ludi Romani" (roh MAY nigh), in honor of Jupiter, in September; and "ludi Megalenses" (meg" uh LEN seez), in honor of the Magna Mater, April 4 to April 10.

Non tua te moveant, sed publica vota.
Let not your own, but the public wishes move you.
Per scientiam ad salutem publicam.
Through knowledge to public health.

Motto of Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

political-public speaking
Comedic Definition: All in a dais work.
Pro bono publico. (Latin statement)
Translation: "For the public good."

The full phrase for the expression of pro bono in English. There are some attorneys who devote a portion of their working time to legal cases in which they represent the poor or seek redress for public grievances, and a necessary condition of true pro bono work requires forgoing one's customary professional fees.

Pro Christo et Republica.
For Christ and the Republic.

Motto of Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

1. A reference to, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole.
2. Done, made, acting, etc., for the community as a whole.
3. Open to all people; such as, a public meeting.
4. Pertaining to, or being in the service of a community or nation; especially, as a government officer: a public official.
5. Maintained at public expense and under public control: a public library; a public road.
6. Generally known to other people: "The fact became public."
7. Familiar to people generally; prominent: "She was a public figure."
8. Open to the view of all the people; existing or conducted in public: "His actions resulted in a public dispute."
9. Pertaining to or devoted to all humankind or people.
10. To make public, to cause to become known generally, as through the news media: "Their resignations were made public in the local newspaper."
11. The people constituting a community, a state, or a nation.
12. A particular group of people with common interests, aims, etc.
13. In public, not in private; in a situation open to public view or access; publicly.
public archaeology, public archeology (s) (noun) (no pl)
A branch of archeeology dealing with the impact of construction and development on archaeological sites and laws enacted to lessen the threat: In the U.S., public archaeology has helped to create the industries of salvage archaeology or cultural resource management (in the U.K., it is called "rescue archaeology").

public opinion poll
Nonsensus of opinion.
In a manner accessible to or observable by the public; openly.
In ancient Rome, a collector of taxes.
1. The act or process of publishing printed matter for the public.
2. An issue of printed material offered for sale or distribution to various people.
3. Communication of information to the public.
4. The act of publishing a book, periodical, map, piece of music, engraving, or the like.
5. The act of bringing before the public; an announcement to the people in general.
Someone who arranges publicity for a person or organization by giving information to reporters and broadcasters and arranging public meetings and special events.
1. Extensive mention in the news media or by word of mouth or other means of communication.
2. Public notice gained by constant exposure to people in various media.
3. The measures, processes, or business of securing public notice.
4. Information, articles, or advertisements issued to secure public notice or attention.
5. The state of being public or open to general observation or knowledge.

Related "people, human" word units: anthropo-; demo-; ethno-; ochlo-; popu-.