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Definition of riddance

1 : an act of ridding
2 : deliverance, relief often used in the phrase good riddance especially to express relief that someone or something has gone

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Examples of riddance in a Sentence

the riddance of all the fleas from the house was a relief to everyone concerned
Recent Examples on the Web Two weeks later, there is a feeling of good riddance at the likely removal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but no reduction in the fear here. Raja Shehadeh, The New Yorker, 8 June 2021 The rosy and righteous among us might say good riddance. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 Sure, the jacket stained quickly due to the lack of stain repellency, which is almost always achieved through a toxic PFAS coating, so good riddance. Alden Wicker, Wired, 22 Apr. 2021 Omnipresent sweatpants and spandex marked the early stages of quarantine, but many workers returning to the office now, like Ms. Klarowicz, can’t wait to say good riddance and dress up like old times for work again. Krithika Varagur, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2021 Make no mistake, the age of colonialism is over, and good riddance. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 14 Mar. 2021 The 34-story tower had become an eyesore over the years, so good riddance. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 What do all the people saying good riddance to Bob Kroll have in common? Richard Greelis, Star Tribune, 20 Jan. 2021 Good riddance to the fake redneck, the cancer-charity grifter, and the amoral Florida Woman. Elizabeth Spiers, The New Republic, 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of riddance

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Riddance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riddance. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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