open letter


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open letter

n.
A published letter on a subject of general interest, addressed to a person but intended for general readership.

open letter

n
a letter, esp one of protest, addressed to a person but also made public, as through the press

o′pen let′ter


n.
a letter, often of protest, addressed to a specific person, but intended to be brought to public attention.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.open letter - a letter of protestopen letter - a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public
letter, missive - a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
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He looked rather serious, and held an open letter in his hand.
He knew that this was Gladiator, but, with the feeling of a man turning away from the sight of another man's open letter, he turned round and went into Frou-Frou's stall.
He had his little letter-tray in his hand, with a card on it, and a sheet of paper beside the card, which looked like an open letter.
Tulliver's own wagoner found him lying by the roadside insensible, with an open letter near him, and his gray horse snuffing uneasily about him.
D'Artagnan gave the open letter to Kitty, who at first was unable to comprehend it, but who became almost wild with joy on reading it a second time.
least natural of all that the Vice-Warden and 'my Lady' should be standing close beside me, discussing an open letter, which had just been handed to him by the Professor, who stood, meekly waiting, a few yards off.
An open letter is the subject of the trooper's speculations, and it seems to perplex him mightily.
Hurrying headlong down the stairs with but one clear idea in his mind--the idea of instantly following his wife--Arnold encountered Sir Patrick, standing by a table in the hall, on which cards and notes left by visitors were usually placed, with an open letter in his hand.
When I entered the room where he was I found him with an open letter in his hand, which, before I could utter a word, he gave me, saying,
There was one where a young lady was at a window looking up at the moon, and tears running down her cheeks; and she had an open letter in one hand with black sealing wax showing on one edge of it, and she was mashing a locket with a chain to it against her mouth, and under- neath the picture it said "And Art Thou Gone Yes Thou Art Gone Alas.
I did so; whereupon she rose, approached the table, and laid upon it an open letter.
One of them was carrying an open letter from a young English artisan, who had been in New York a fortnight, to a friend near Manchester, whom he strongly urged to follow him.

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