privately, many in Congress consider settlement expansion a catastrophe and the occupation a disgrace.
Harry will NOT repeat NOT now be spending a few days privately in Atlantic City.
Most of his own staff were privately convinced that he would be driven from office before Christmas.
Michaele asked me privately if she should expect “drunk, old, leering guys” to bother her.
The quote came after a sentence that said of the donors: “Some privately said that they might contribute to both candidates.”
Just then the young man who had opened the door to me came in and asked his master if he could see him privately for a minute.
If you allow of it, I protest I will go off privately with you, and we will live and die together.
I expect him here within an hour, and I will arrange that you have an opportunity, privately, of cross-examining him.
But I do a little in the other way, sometimes; privately, very privately, Miss Dorrit.'
So it was in almost all the affairs of Carlile's life—publicly enemies, privately friends.
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.).