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 missive recalls previous instances when the Fed changed course or had to address a budding crisis. Craig Torres, Bloomberg.com, "Powell Opens Door to Rate Cut on ‘Evolving’ Risks From Virus," 5 May 2020 The various missives were filmed by cast members in their own homes and assembled into something legible by SNL’s nimble post-production team. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The First Quarantine Episode of Saturday Night Live Was Historic," 12 Apr. 2020 Besides the missive to Google, the antitrust subcommittee has sent requests for information to Amazon, Apple, Facebook and dozens of other firms. The Economist, "Silicon Valley and the state gird for war," 3 Oct. 2019 The missive is not the first time a billionaire has made the argument for taxing the wealthiest more. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Raise our taxes, liberal billionaires urge presidential candidates," 24 June 2019 Eight of the foreign-ministry missives have occurred since May 1. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "North Korea Fires Insults at U.S., Spares Trump," 15 June 2019 Their current missive includes the postponement of trout season and the reopening of some golf courses in Orange and Riverside counties. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: You bought that? What were you thinking?," 23 Apr. 2020 Since making its initial recommendation, the American College of Surgeons has been issuing increasingly urgent bulletins, with its March 24 missive detailing triage guidelines for cancer, cardiac and pediatric surgeries. Joanne Lipman, ProPublica, "Cancer Surgeries and Organ Transplants Are Being Put Off for Coronavirus. Can They Wait?," 6 Apr. 2020 As the Republican Party noted in its missive attacking Romney, the president is more popular than the senator in Utah. Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Romney knew the storm was coming over his vote. How long it lasts will be up to Trump.," 6 Feb. 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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20 May 2020

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“Missive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missive. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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formal + humorous : a letter or other written message


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