open letter
noun Date: 1878 a published letter of protest or appeal usually addressed to an individual but intended for the general public

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • open letter — open letter, adj. a letter, often of protest or criticism, addressed to a specific person, but intended to be brought to public attention. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Open letter — For other uses, see Open letter (disambiguation). J accuse is an influential open letter written by Émile Zola in 1898 over the Dreyfus Affair …   Wikipedia

  • open letter — noun a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public • Hypernyms: ↑letter, ↑missive * * * noun, pl ⋯ ters [count] : a letter that is published in a newspaper but that is addressed to a well known person or to an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • open letter — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms open letter : singular open letter plural open letters a letter that is addressed to a particular person or organization but is published in a newspaper so that everyone can read it …   English dictionary

  • open letter — {n. phr.} A public message in the form of a letter addressed to a particular person or to a group. * /There was an open letter to the president of the United States in today s morning paper./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • open letter — {n. phr.} A public message in the form of a letter addressed to a particular person or to a group. * /There was an open letter to the president of the United States in today s morning paper./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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