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Definition a letter — especially a long, formal one


a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle
  • The Epistle of James advises: "Confess your sins to one another, that you may be healed."
  • The king read the letter, which he supposed was a loving and tender epistle La Valliere had destined for him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • The most strident criticism came in the form of a dense, multipage epistle from Ambler, a tiny Inupiat village on the Kobuk River north of the Arctic Circle.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • epistle = letter
  • No wonder that letters addressed to people here had never received an answer: as well despatch epistles to a vault in a church aisle.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • T. She watched till the postman passed by, ran out to him with her epistle, and then again took her listless place inside the window-panes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • 'I kiss the hands of Madame F.' When he had finished this epistle, Rigaud folded it and tossed it with a flourish at Clennam's feet.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Poor Pim, I might have known what the effect of such an epistle would be.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • ] [Footnote 110: The proverb is quoted by Horace, Epistles, I, X.24: "Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It was in this stage of the correspondence that her mother had recourse to the plan of copying her own epistles.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • And so we relearn the lesson every generation and then want to write epistles.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • My aunt had written her one of the odd, abrupt notes — very little longer than a Bank note — to which her epistolary efforts were usually limited.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Mami scolded them all and continued The Epistle.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • I shall have matured my epistolary style.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • Morris replied with a passionate epistle, in which he asked to what, in Heaven's name, she wished to make up her mind.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • No; so I yesterday addressed another epistle to her, still more pressing than the first.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • I vow it must have been your lady love's last cruel epistle you were trying to destroy.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I took the book again, opened it in another place and showed him the Epistle to the Hebrews, chapter x. verse 31.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Edicts, Constitutions, and Epistles Of The Prince, that is, of the Emperour; because the whole power of the people was in him.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • When Briggs had read the epistle out, her patroness laughed more.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I've an amazin' epistle from your friend.'
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim

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