- an act of bidding farewell or taking leave.
- an utterance, oration, or the like, given in bidding farewell or taking leave; valedictory.
Origin of valediction
1605–15; < Latin valedictiōn- (stem of valedictiō), equivalent to valedict(us), past participle of valedīcere (vale farewell + dictus, past participle of dīcere to say) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples from the Web for valediction
If Shinseki had given the same speech three weeks ago, it might have been a campaign plan instead of a valediction.
Three weeks ago, it might have been a campaign plan—instead of a valediction.
Sir John looked across at Lionel again—a glance of valediction.The Sea-Hawk
It may now be read as my parting address and valediction, made to my friends.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
And no doubt the poor girls heart jumped to the valediction.The Court of Cacus
"I never remember sich a evenin', my dear," was Mrs. Stitchley's valediction.Mrs. Bindle
Cleve, forgetting any form of valediction, passed into the shop.The Tenants of Malory
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
- the act or an instance of saying goodbye
- any valedictory statement, speech, etc
C17: from Latin valedīcere, from valē farewell + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for valediction
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