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valedictory

[val-i-dik-tuh-ree] /ˌvæl ɪˈdɪk tə ri/
adjective
1.
bidding goodbye; saying farewell:
a valedictory speech.
2.
of or relating to an occasion of leave-taking:
a valedictory ceremony.
noun, plural valedictories.
3.
an address or oration delivered at the commencement exercises of a college or school on behalf of the graduating class.
4.
any farewell address or oration.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin valedict(us) (see valediction) + -ory1
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Examples from the web for valedictory
  • Jerry won't be working a graveyard shift, there's no one left to harangue, and the mood will be valedictory.
  • The game's valedictory message is built into its architecture: school is the safe ground.
  • The biography's valedictory pages are rather stunningly anticlimactic.
  • Suffering the nearly incapacitating pain of facial neuralgia, he began his valedictory in a low voice.
British Dictionary definitions for valedictory

valedictorian

/ˌvælɪdɪkˈtɔːrɪən/
adjective
1.
saying goodbye
2.
of or relating to a farewell or an occasion of farewell
noun
3.
(US & Canadian) a person, usually the most outstanding graduate, who delivers a farewell speech at a graduation ceremony

valedictory

/ˌvælɪˈdɪktərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a farewell address or speech
2.
(US & Canadian) a farewell speech delivered at a graduation ceremony, usually by the most outstanding graduate
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Word Origin and History for valedictory
adj.

1650s, from Latin valedictum (past participle of valedicere; see valediction) + -ory. Valedictory address is recorded from 1779.

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