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Word: missive

Definition: letter; written statement; CF. sent


Sentences Containing 'missive'

"Captain Mayhew, stand by now to receive it"; and taking the fatal missive from Starbuck's hands, he caught it in the slit of the pole, and reached it over towards the boat.
"The Reporter" traces its founding to October 27, 1870 when the "Lansdale Reporter" was a weekly four-page advertising missive.
'If your more important avocations should admit of your ever tracing these imperfect characters thus far--which may be, or may not be, as circumstances arise--you will naturally inquire by what object am I influenced, then, in inditing the present missive?
A short while later, Shō Nei sent a missive to Hideyoshi, as was customary upon the installation of a new ruler.
Having dispatched which missive, Mr. Copperfield fell into a condition of strong nervous agitation; and so remained until the day arrived.
He formally congratulated Hideyoshi on having taken over Japan, and on bringing peace and prosperity to the realm, and sent along with the missive a gift of Ming Chinese lacquerware.
Several complaints were made over the years about the inadequacy of these facilities, with one such missive in 1895 noting that the platform was in poor shape, a barrier on the pipe bridge was required to control the flow of passengers from the racecourse on to the platform, another siding with a 40 vehicle capacity was required to handle additional traffic, and the ticket office was not suitable.
The _Houyhnhnms_ indeed appear not to be so well prepared for war, a science to which they are perfect strangers, and especially against missive weapons.
With this missive (which I was in twenty minds at once about recalling, as soon as it was out of my hands), the ticket-porter at last departed.

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