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public enemy

a person or thing considered a danger or menace to the public, especially a wanted criminal widely sought by the F.B.I. and local police forces.
a nation or government with which one's own is at war.
Origin of public enemy
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for public enemy

public enemy

a notorious person, such as a criminal, who is regarded as a menace to the public
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