Definition of missive in US English:

missive

noun

humorous
  • A letter, especially a long or official one.

    ‘he hastily banged out electronic missives’
    • ‘Quite honestly, I had forgotten about the electronic missive, but I searched through my archives to find a copy.’
    • ‘However, while this forum is almost certainly the only one in the country prepared to indulge readers' missives on the topic, it is also demonstrably the least (if at all) legitimate target.’
    • ‘As she ended her words to the counsel, she handed over both the missive and the threatening note to a page who delivered it to Captain Allende.’
    • ‘Soon after his installation in Chicago, George was dubbed ‘Francis the Corrector’ for missives he sent to pastors on various liturgical issues.’
    • ‘As a tactic, this may be appropriate for missives directed at MPs, which was the last campaign sponsored by the group of private-sector organisations.’
    • ‘Susan Peters, I'm given to understand that some of his missives, his letters, are rather personal.’
    • ‘As it is, he constantly whisks electronic missives to staff and customers - his email address is made public - singing praises and responding to problems.’
    • ‘Firstly, you wouldn't think a member of this group could misspell ‘Christian,’ but sure enough, one of the missives had the word as ‘Christain’ three times.’
    • ‘Crikey, your recent twitterings have made me realise that I omitted a word from my last missive, which you were apparently so taken by.’
    • ‘Unlike the first letter way back in November, these later missives brought a response.’
    • ‘While we were checking, we got a missive direct from Net Authority Investigations noting the following.’
    • ‘I noted that all such missives contained the same message - don't draw attention to Red Sea diving or you'll get it a bad name.’
    • ‘These missives all went directly to McCrann's personal email.’
    • ‘Space, he said, was the reason given when he called the paper to complain - although he remains convinced that his incorrect perspective on world affairs is the real explanation his missives were consigned to the rubbish bin.’
    • ‘I haven't been hit with unsolicited electronic missives during the couple of weeks I've been testing the service.’
    • ‘Quickly dubbed ‘the French letter,’ the missive became an object of derision and only heightened contempt for French actions.’
    • ‘The Herald's letters page erupted with angry missives from teachers and parents.’
    • ‘This was in the days before the internet and I, as a young cub reporter, had to send my missives from the front line back to the Telegraph by carrier pigeon.’
    • ‘There were also a surprising number of missives about the value of local credit unions (indeed, adding them together, credit unions were also tied in second place).’
    • ‘He began to go through the drawers, letter slots, pulling out and examining notes and missives.’
    message, communication, letter, word, note, memorandum, line, report, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, intelligence, piece of information, news, notification, announcement, greeting, epistle
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Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective, originally in the phrase letter missive): from medieval Latin missivus, from Latin mittere ‘send’. The current sense dates from the early 16th century.

Pronunciation

missive

/ˈmisiv//ˈmɪsɪv/