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- n. a citizen who does not hold any official or public position
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In such a matter, it could not, of course, be expected that a private citizen like Milton, who had no ambition to rank with Lilburne and other London Levellers of the coarser order, would anticipate Cromwell, Vane, and Ireton.
The first and only official to offer an apology was counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke, who, when he appeared as a private citizen in 2004 before the 9/11 Commission, opened his remarks by addressing the families of victims sitting in the audience, saying, Your government failed you.
As a private citizen I have long revolved in my mind, plans for the removal of this infatuation; and as I have intimated, in another place, I undertook a series of North Carolina Readers to be used in our schools, partly with the object in view named above.
Enlightened self-interest; if the corporations and bureaucracies could get away with calling selfishness that, surely a private citizen could try it on for size.
He persuaded leading cardinals to commission works from him and inspired Agostino Chigi, a prominent banker and probably the richest private citizen in Italy, to employ him to decorate his villa at Trastevere.
The famous formula of Cavour, "A free church in a free state", which is a truth in the United States of America, in Italy is applied only to the domestic concerns of the Church; in all else the Church, in civil and in parliamentary matters, is subject to the State through a jus singulare, which places it in a worse condition than a private citizen in regard to property rights.