A person who ranks highest on the federal government's prioritized list of wanted criminal fugitives.
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John Dillinger, America's Public Enemy No. 1 and the most notorious criminal of recent times, was shot and killed at 10:40 o'clock tonight by Federal agents.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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public enemy number oneA person, organization, or other object considered to be particularly menacing, harmful, or loathsome.
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