Definition of poison pen letter in English:

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poison pen letter

Pronunciation: /ˈpoizn pen ˈledər/


A letter, typically anonymous, that is libelous, abusive, or malicious.
Example sentences
  • The idea that the great principle of protecting journalistic sources was not designed to apply to the political equivalent of a poison pen letter never seems to occur to them.
  • Police have traced the author of a poison pen letter which embroiled a private school in computer porn allegations - but have decided not to prosecute.
  • The odds of being shot dead by a ruminant must be on a par with being killed by a real poison pen letter.

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Syllabification: poi·son pen let·ter

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