mis·​sive | \ˈmi-siv \

Definition of missive 

: a written communication : letter wrote a lengthy missive to her father

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Examples of missive in a Sentence

She received yet another lengthy missive from her father. the two old friends like to fire off missives filled with good-natured teasing and mock insults

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Gauging by the many reactions to the message on Twitter, the nation was generally blindsided by the missive. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "President Trump Will Send You a Text Message This Afternoon And There's No Way to Opt Out," 3 Oct. 2018 Our stories are no longer one-way missives, but a full-on conversation. Don Shelton, The Seattle Times, "Why readers’ feedback is so important to The Seattle Times’ mission," 28 Sep. 2018 Pfizer shares dipped slightly after Trump criticized the company on Twitter but then recovered and were up 0.3% at 2:17 p.m. The tweet falls in line with similar past missives by Trump, who has ripped drug companies for price hikes. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "President Trump slams Pfizer drug price increases, threatens action," 9 July 2018 In typical fashion, Mr. Avenatti immediately struck back, threatening to sue the Daily Caller in an off-the-record email to one of its reporters, Peter J. Hasson, who promptly posted the missive onto Twitter. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Michael Cohen Circus Has a Ringmaster: Porn Actress’s Lawyer," 15 May 2018 Strassel’s latest missive brings into view the latest working theory. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s New Russia Scandal Theory: The FBI Set Him Up. There’s One Small Flaw.," 18 May 2018 Talev’s pitiful missive reads like a hostage note from a media elite that has already been bulldozed into submission. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Michelle Wolf's truth bombs aren't the only thing America's elite journalists don't get | Will Bunch," 30 Apr. 2018 Trump's criticism of Pfizer's price hikes followed similar missives on the subject in the past. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Pfizer reverses drug price increases after President Trump blasted the company," 11 July 2018 Following the photographer in the season, and in the courtroom, are essentially the rest of Team Tape, despite the fact that some of the individuals on Hannah’s final missives have a difficult road to the witness’ stand. refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why Review: Season 2 Is Even Better Than The Last One," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of missive

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for missive

Middle French lettre missive, literally, letter intended to be sent

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: a letter or other written message


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