letter bomb


: an explosive device concealed in an envelope and mailed to the intended victim

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The two letter bombs found Wednesday were the first to detonate. Fox News, 14 Feb. 2020 This included sections from a manifesto produced by Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, who over a number of years sent letter bombs to several universities and airlines, killing three people and wounding 23 others. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2020 The earlier letter bombs targeted a range of businesses, including a hotel, a gas station, a garage, a real estate agent and a bill collection service. Monika Pronczuk, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 The Greek police suspect the group was behind all the 2017 letter bombs. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2018 Now, half-blind and half-deaf from a letter bomb that went off close to his face in prison in 1993, Roberto has dreams of becoming a smartphone maker by following in the footsteps of Samsung with its Galaxy Fold. Allen Kim, CNN, 4 Dec. 2019 In the following decades, the letter bomb would become common tool of political agitation. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, 4 May 2018 Yet the president has expressed frustration that his latest proposals have been drowned out by news coverage of the letter bombs sent to prominent Democrats. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2018 In 1972 the Palestinian terrorist group Black September killed the Israeli diplomat Ami Sachori with a letter bomb sent to Israel’s embassy in London. Simon R. Gardner, The Atlantic, 4 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of letter bomb was in 1882

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“Letter bomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letter%20bomb. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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