valediction

noun
val·​e·​dic·​tion | \ˌva-lə-ˈdik-shən \

Definition of valediction 

1 : an act of bidding farewell

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Those generic valedictions belie a race for president unlike any in this country’s history. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Mexican presidential campaign wraps up with Lopez Obrador in lead," 27 June 2018 Cassini will transmit data to Earth to the very end, squeezing out the last drips of science as a valediction for one of NASA's greatest missions. Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "Farewell Cassini: NASA's spacecraft will plunge into Saturn this month," 9 Sep. 2017 Cassini will transmit data to Earth to the very end, squeezing out the last drips of science as a valediction for one of NASA’s greatest missions. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "How to steer a spacecraft into Saturn," 9 Sep. 2017 The game itself is also something of a triumphant valediction for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who is spending his 18th and presumably final full season atop an MLB franchise. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "Baseball has been good for Jeffrey Loria, but Marlins owner has been awful for baseball," 11 July 2017 The widespread chaos and uncertainty is its own kind of valediction for the Islamic State. Ishaan Tharoor, chicagotribune.com, "Islamic State will lose Mosul and Raqqa. What happens next?," 5 July 2017 The widespread chaos and uncertainty is its own kind of valediction for the Islamic State. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "ISIS will lose Mosul and Raqqa. What happens next?," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of valediction

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valediction

borrowed from New Latin valedictiōn-, valedictiō, from Latin valedic-, alternate stem of vale dīcere, valedīcere "to say goodbye," (from vale, interjection, "goodbye, farewell," reduced form of valē, imperative of valēre "to have strength, be well" + dīcere "to speak, say") + -tiōn-, -tiō, noun suffix of action — more at wield, diction

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