The gradual tightening of the Soviet noose plays out in public and private ways.
From his British base, Altaf runs the MQM as a private party with him in complete control.
Although the younger Abad went to a private Catholic school, his father took him into the poorest barrios.
The Elysée Palace, somewhat ironically, declined to comment on a private matter.
On Friday, there will be a rally and picnic in Tucson followed by a private fundraiser.
His advancement had been rapid, from private to sergeant, and from sergeant to a commission.
Fouts, with a slip of paper in his hand, beckoned him from the door of his private office.
But private societies are inadequate to the duties required.
Mr. Davis, may I ask the favor of a few minutes' conversation with you in private?
After the assembly had dispersed the Emperor retired to his private cabinet.
late 14c., "pertaining or belonging to oneself, not shared, individual; not open to the public;" of a religious rule, "not shared by Christians generally, distinctive; from Latin privatus "set apart, belonging to oneself (not to the state), peculiar, personal," used in contrast to publicus, communis; past participle of privare "to separate, deprive," from privus "one's own, individual," from PIE *prei-wo-, from PIE *prai-, *prei-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
Old English in this sense had syndrig. Private grew popular 17c. as an alternative to common (adj.), which had overtones of condescention. Of persons, "not holding public office," recorded from early 15c. In private "privily" is from 1580s. Related: Privately. Private school is from 1650s. Private parts "the pudenda" is from 1785. Private enterprise first recorded 1797; private property by 1680s; private sector is from 1948. Private eye "private detective" is recorded from 1938, American English.
1590s, "private citizen," short for private person "individual not involved in government" (early 15c.), or from Latin privatus "man in private life," noun use of the adjective; 1781 in the military sense, short for Private soldier "one below the rank of a non-commissioned officer" (1570s), from private (adj.).