mis·​sive | \ ˈmi-siv How to pronounce missive (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The papal notice follows a similar missive from bishops in the United States who sanctioned getting the vaccine despite concerns from members of the Catholic community. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Vatican says getting COVID-19 vaccine 'morally acceptable' despite ties to abortion," 21 Dec. 2020 The rush of Trump books — basically its own genre this year — continued with this missive from the vociferous Fox host. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The most 2020 books of 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 The missive was indeed audacious: not just a fan letter, of the kind that a world-renowned photographer like Soth might receive, but one that also sought to strike up an epistolary exchange. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, "A Photographer and an Inmate Exchange Ways of Seeing," 13 Dec. 2020 The missive drew nearly 2,000 responses, most in defense of the sacred cookware, including a small number of nasty responses. Washington Post, "The debate between cast-iron haters and loyalists is as enduring as the pan itself," 11 Dec. 2020 The only disappointing part, Oranchak said, is that the missive contained no personally identifying information. Leah Asmelash And Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "After 51 years, the Zodiac Killer's cipher has been solved by amateur codebreakers," 11 Dec. 2020 Our Revolution already sent an email missive out to its members asking them to prepare to help Turner in a potential bid. cleveland, "Shontel Brown, Jeff Johnson announce bids, Nina Turner files paperwork for Marcia Fudge’s seat as list of potential candidates balloons," 10 Dec. 2020 In the missive, Philip instructed his wayward son to either marry Diana or move on. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Princess Diana’s Wedding," 13 Nov. 2020 The theater’s artistic director, Bob (Patrick Flick), takes the missive particularly badly, although executive director Marsha (Beth Marshall) is more open-minded. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "'Artistic Director’: Fiery theatrical food for thought | Review," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of missive was circa 1553

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15 Jan 2021

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“Missive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missive. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of missive

formal + humorous : a letter or other written message


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