rid·​dance | \ ˈri-dᵊn(t)s \

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

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Good riddance to low-margin businesses, awful uses of capital. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Lessons From an ’80s Trade War," 7 Oct. 2018 Those of us desperate to hang on said, privately, good riddance to the latter camp. Lydia Kiesling, WSJ, "Trying to Hold on as California Burns," 21 Sep. 2018 She was ultimately driven out of the restaurant, and honestly, good riddance. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "It's Not OK to Appropriate Mexican Culture — Especially If You’re Dehumanizing Its People," 28 June 2018 All four storks were standing tall on the edge of their nests, as if to announce their formidable presence, or to signal good riddance to us. L. Kim Tan, BostonGlobe.com, "In Latvia, we got carried away with storks," 26 June 2018 But today, Miami-Dade schools will say good riddance to a year thrown off track by disaster and tragedy. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "From Hurricane Irma to Parkland, was this the most stressful school year?," 7 June 2018 Leitão sent a message that was loud and clear: Good riddance to bad fans. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando City coach Jason Kreis believes NFL, MLS and all pro athletes should stand for national anthem," 25 May 2018 Put your down jacket in storage and say good riddance to our dragging, blustery spring, Alaska: festival season is upon us. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s your Alaska summer 2018 festival guide," 17 May 2018 Goodbye and good riddance to that outdated, monstrosity of a tax code.’’ — in USA Today. BostonGlobe.com, "Fact check: No, tax-filing migraines are not going away," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of riddance

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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