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Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great.
Edgar Quinet

Meaning of "to the letter" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF TO THE LETTER

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WHAT DOES TO THE LETTER MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of to the letter in the English dictionary

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TO THE LETTER

to take your full holiday entitlement
to the bitter end
to the fore
to the full
to the ground
to the hilt
to the left
to the life
to the manner born
to the max
to the nth degree
to the point
to the prejudice of
to the skies
to the teeth
to the tune of
to the wide
to the wire
to throw off the shackles of sth
to throw the rule book at sb

WORDS THAT END LIKE TO THE LETTER

better
cover letter
fetter
for that matter
for the better
getter
go one better
had better
letter
love letter
netter
newsletter
open letter
petter
setter
the better
the letter
trendsetter
vetter
wetter
with a capital letter

Synonyms and antonyms of to the letter in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TO THE LETTER»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «to the letter» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of to the letter

Translation of «to the letter» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TO THE LETTER

Find out the translation of to the letter to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of to the letter from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «to the letter» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

以信
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

a la carta
570 millions of speakers

English

to the letter
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पत्र के लिए
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الرسالة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

к письму
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ao pé da letra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

চিঠি থেকে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

à la lettre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kepada surat itu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

des Schreibens
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

文字通りに
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

문자로
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kanggo huruf
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đến thư
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கடிதம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पत्र
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

mektuba
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

alla lettera
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

do pisma
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

до листа
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

la litera
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

στην επιστολή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

tot op die letter
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

till punkt och pricka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

til brevet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of to the letter

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TO THE LETTER»

The term «to the letter» is very widely used and occupies the 458 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TO THE LETTER» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about to the letter

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4 QUOTES WITH «TO THE LETTER»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word to the letter.
1
Martin Van Buren
For myself, therefore, I desire to declare that the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as it was designed by those who framed it.
2
Tom Daschle
Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.
3
Edgar Quinet
Science is Christian, not when it condemns itself to the letter of things, but when, in the infinitely little, it discovers as many mysteries and as much depth and power as in the infinitely great.
4
Mark Roberts
I don't make political statements; let's all have a laugh. Let's all live and be free. I try and live to the letter of the law, but right on the edge of it.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TO THE LETTER»

Discover the use of to the letter in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to to the letter and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Lacan to the Letter: Reading Ecrits Closely
And this is precisely what Bruce Fink does in this ambitious book, a fine analysis of Lacan's work on language and psychoanalytic treatment conducted on the basis of a very close reading of texts in his Icrits: A Selection.
Bruce Fink, 2004
2
Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary
In this book, Peter Stuhlmacher stresses the Old Testament and postbiblical Jewish traditions as the primary backdrop to Paul's thought, as these traditions were known by Paul himself or mediated to him through Jesus and the early church.
Peter Stuhlmacher, 1994
3
Letter to D'Alembert and Writings for the Theater
These two thinkers confront the issues surrounding public support for the arts through d'Alembert's original proposal, Rousseau's attack, and the first English translation of d'Alembert's response as well as correspondence relating to the ...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Allan David Bloom, Charles E. Butterworth, 2004
4
A Postscript to the Letter, on Libels, Warrants, &c: In ...
On the trial of John Wilkes for libel, with an answer to Charles Lloyd's Defence of the majority in the House of Commons.
Father of Candor (pseud.), John Almon, 1765
5
Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
The result is Letters of Note, a collection of 150 of the best letters Shaun has found, each reproduced with a short introduction and transcript and bound into a book.
Shaun Usher, 2013
6
Christian Identity Characteristics in Paul's Letter to the ...
The author explores the Christian identity characteristics of Paul's letter to the Galatians.
Jennifer Slater O P, 2012
7
The Textual History of the Letter to the Romans: A Study in ...
... body, and conclusion, corresponding to personal greeting, information exchanged, and farewell.7 In a letter the particular matter is largely confined to the letter body, while the opening and closing are made up primarily of more general and ...
Harry Y. Gamble, 1977
8
The Letter to the Romans
With these words Martin Luther in the year 1522 began his introduction to the Letter to the Romans in the first edition of the New Testament newly translated by him. We shall hardly be tempted to take the risk of imitating him in this by saying ...
Emil Brunner, 2002
9
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians: An Introduction and ...
... to the letter to the Romans, even if it is not a mere 'rough draft' of GALATIANS.
‎1989
10
The Scarlet Letter
Enriched Classics enhance your engagement by introducing and explaining the historical and cultural significance of the work, the author’s personal history, and what impact this book had on subsequent scholarship.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, 2004

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. To the letter [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/to-the-letter>. Jul 2019 ».
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