- priv. pr.,
- privacy, right of,
- private bar,
- private bill,
- private brand,
- private company,
- private detective
Origin of private
Examples from the Web for privately
But privately, it is listening to other theories, including those about an inside job.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence|Shane Harris|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Donovan had been privately concerned that running statewide would hurt his standing back home.Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner’s Killer Walk|David Freedlander|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But privately, according to Trierweiler, Hollande slithered back and attempted to rekindle the mortally wounded relationship.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.|Abby Haglage|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, the question arises whether Washington privately promised something.
He could get him into a corner, and quarrel with him privately about the cut of his beard, or the color of his ribbon.Westward Ho!|Charles Kingsley
Privately, the constables hoped Furneaux would be their leader.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley|Louis Tracy
Privately, too, she was glad that the shawl was so scorched that she never was asked to wear it anywhere again.Holiday Stories for Young People|Various
When the news arrived of the changes which were current in Britain, these sentiments were privately communicated to me.Peveril of the Peak|Sir Walter Scott
"Thank you," said Herbert, who privately thought their visitor looked excessively annoyed at their good fortune.Herbert Carter's Legacy|Horatio Alger
Word Origin for private
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.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with private
- private eye
- free (private) enterprise
- in private