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valediction

[ val-i-dik-shuh n ]
/ ˌvæl ɪˈdɪk ʃən /
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noun

an act of bidding farewell or taking leave.
an utterance, oration, or the like, given in bidding farewell or taking leave; valedictory.

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valdo, valdosta, valdés, armando palacio, vale, vale of glamorgan, valediction, valediction forbidding mourning, a, valedictorian, valedictory, valence, valence band

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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British Dictionary definitions for valediction

valediction

/ (ˌvælɪˈdɪkʃən) /

noun

the act or an instance of saying goodbye
any valedictory statement, speech, etc

Word Origin for valediction

C17: from Latin valedīcere, from valē farewell + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for valediction

valediction


n.

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