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open letter

a letter, often of protest or criticism, addressed to a specific person, but intended to be brought to public attention.
Origin of open letter
First recorded in 1875-80
Related forms
open-letter, adjective Unabridged
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  • And he held out the open letter which he had taken from his pocket.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • She held an open letter in her hand, and was crying—yes, crying on Christmas Day!

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  • Acknowledging Manasseh's greeting, he handed him an open letter.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • But her father, with an open letter in his hand, checked her.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He looked rather serious, and held an open letter in his hand.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for open letter

open letter

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