valediction

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

Definition of valediction

  1. 1 :  an act of bidding farewell

  2. 2 :  valedictory 1

Origin and Etymology of 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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