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open letter

noun
1.
a letter, often of protest or criticism, addressed to a specific person, but intended to be brought to public attention.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80
Related forms
open-letter, adjective
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Examples from the web for open letter
  • And he has put his specific commitments in writing in an open letter.
  • He had joined seven others in signing an open letter to residents of the disaster area.
  • It is to me more correctly seen as an open letter, officially directed at one party but actually intended for others.
  • Publish an open letter in a newspaper or journal denouncing or extolling the cause of your choice.
British Dictionary definitions for open letter

open letter

noun
1.
a letter, esp one of protest, addressed to a person but also made public, as through the press
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