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Monday, December 01, 2008

Definitions for valediction

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

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Citations for valediction
Cambara replays in her mind Raxma's emotional valediction, spoken as they hugged each other good-bye at the Toronto airport, to which Raxma had given her a lift. Nuruddin Farah, Knots, 2007
The steamer itself had vanished, but the great scroll of smoke still hung in the air and drooped like a flag mournfully in valediction. Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, 1927
Origin of valediction
Valediction can be traced to the Latin terms vale meaning "farewell" and dīcere, "to say." It entered English in the early 1600s.