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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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  • I gave him the usual Spanish valediction, Vaya usted con Dios, and saw no more of him.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • "I never remember sich a evenin', my dear," was Mrs. Stitchley's valediction.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • And just as Juggernaut uplifted his voice to pronounce a valediction, the disaster befel.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • Cleve, forgetting any form of valediction, passed into the shop.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Sir John looked across at Lionel again—a glance of valediction.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He was softened by a mood of valediction mingled with remorse.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • I gave him the usual Spanish valediction (Vaya usted con Dios), and saw no more of him.

    The Bible in Spain George Borrow
  • He was well aware that the whole room had heard this valediction.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
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
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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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