val·​e·​dic·​tion | \ ˌva-lə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce valediction (audio) \

Definition of valediction

1 : an act of bidding farewell

Examples of valediction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a sensitive but dreary novel of valediction that pursues atonement without any apparent belief that such a thing is possible. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 The 12-song disc ends up being both something of a retrospective and perhaps a valediction. Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 For a class graduating into a world of quarantines and social distancing, that seemed a fitting valediction. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 The film, which intersperses clips from Varda’s career with footage of her speaking to an adoring audience, is both an introduction and a valediction. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2019 The victory speech served as a valediction for Woods, who had grown up in the corporate cradle of Buick’s sponsorship, and also for Michiganders who had considered a PGA Tour event in their state to be almost a birthright since 1958. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 23 June 2019 Bergling’s death was, in some ways, a valediction for the uplifiting, industry-shaking EDM scene of the 2010s. August Brown,, 7 June 2019 Those generic valedictions belie a race for president unlike any in this country’s history. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, 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,, 9 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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“Valediction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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