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[val-i-dik-shuh n] /ˌvæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən/
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 Unabridged
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  • Sir John looked across at Lionel again—a glance of valediction.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • 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

    Alexander Leighton
  • "I never remember sich a evenin', my dear," was Mrs. Stitchley's valediction.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Cleve, forgetting any form of valediction, passed into the shop.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • He was softened by a mood of valediction mingled with remorse.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • He was well aware that the whole room had heard this valediction.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • I gave him the usual Spanish valediction (Vaya usted con Dios), and saw no more of him.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for valediction


the act or an instance of saying goodbye
any valedictory statement, speech, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Latin valedīcere, from valē farewell + dīcere to say
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for valediction

1610s, from past participle stem of Latin valedicere "bid farewell," from vale, imperative of valere "be well" (see valiant) + dicere "to say" (see diction).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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