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definition of the word missive

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15th Century; from Medieval Latin missivus, from mittere (to send).



missive (plural missives)

  1. (formal) A written message; a letter, note or memo.
    • 2008, Claire Armistead, The Guardian, 25 Oct 2008:
      The Madonna letters, which are interspersed with more personal missives in this curious epistolary memoir, accumulate into a rap about the downsides of celebrity - the problems of ageing, of invaded privacy, of becoming vain and impetuously adopting children from other continents.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 71:
      "Curses throttle thee!" yelled Ahab. "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.

missive f.

  1. Plural form of missiva.
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