The public weal

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The public weal the well-being, interest, and prosperity of the country
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wela, wealth, bliss; Ger. wohl.

Usage

In literature:

It has subordinated the public weal to financial profit.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Nothing could inspire him with greater hope for the public weal.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
If it had not been for considerations of the public weal, we would most readily have given him ten times as much as was asked.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
Lorenzo grew uneasy, and sent requests that the preacher moderate his tone in the interests of public weal.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
And then they conquered themselves; learned the hard lesson of subordinating personal ambition to law, to order, to the public weal.
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
And of course the new men had to approve themselves worthy of their honours, by making large sacrifices for the public weal.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
How can children born under the curse of drink be otherwise than a burden and curse to the public weal?
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
The theory is that all public offices are for administrative efficiency and the public weal.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
To the glory of Almighty God and public weal, of this his majesty's colony of Virginia, were enacted as followeth.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
Public weal, origin of the war of the, i.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Abilities should be called into requisition for the public weal.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
We speak of the patriot as sacrificing himself to the public weal.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 9" by Various
That is the welfare of the sacred charges over which he presides for the public weal.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
All high imagination, all devotion to the public weal, seemed laid asleep.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 5" by Various
Wage, if you will, war without let upon the enemies of the public weal!
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
I grudge nothing for the public weal, my boy!
"White Nights and Other Stories" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
He does not act for the public weal but merely for his own private affairs.
"Whirlpools" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Here was railroad competition showing its most disagreeable side to the public weal.
"Our Railroads To-Morrow" by Edward Hungerford
They were champions of the public weal, and like lions repulsed the enemies of their country.
"The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)" by Charles Mills
The members serve without pay and, therefore, it must be assumed only for the public weal.
"Indian Home Rule" by M. K. Gandhi
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In poetry:

On altar of the public weal
Must private griefs expire,--
Her tender grief exhaled to Heaven
On wings of patriot fire.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Yet he'll profess no wrath to feel
'Gainst such a hapless wretch as I;
No! ... but for the public weal,
'Tis expedient that I die.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
For public haunts, impell'd by Britain's weal,
See Grenville quit the Muse's favourite ease;
And shall not swains admire his noble zeal?
Admiring praise, admiring strive to please?
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone