riddance

noun
rid·​dance | \ ˈri-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce riddance (audio) \

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

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 Good riddance to a jackass whose death will undoubtedly play a part in creating more obstacles for the Hawkins heroes in Season 5. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 5 July 2022 Others lamented its lack of speed and said good riddance. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 Last week, Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, bid good riddance to the American hamburger chain, which has become an essential part of Russian life over the past 30 years. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 New York City welcomed the new year — and bid good riddance to 2021 — as confetti and cheers spread across Times Square and as a New Year's Eve tradition returned to a city beleaguered by a global pandemic. Editors, USA TODAY, 2 Jan. 2022 What if the Union had bid the South good riddance when the Confederate States of America were declared? Damon Linker, The Week, 4 June 2021 Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, 1 Jan. 2022 Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022. John Leicester, Nick Perry, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 Say goodbye to the drought and good riddance to the baggage. The Enquirer, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of riddance

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jul 2022

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“Riddance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riddance. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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