Word of the DayMonday, December 01, 2008
\val-uh-DIK-shuhn\ , noun;
the action of bidding farewell; a farewell
The playing of taps was a special moment in the ceremony, a final, haunting valediction for the men who had made the supreme sacrifice.
-- John Glenn, John Glenn: A Memoir
Few careers have such self-appointed endings, and his speech was a fine valediction.
-- Howard's dignified end, Daily Telegraph, 10/7/2005
At the end, they sobbed farewell to an old friend who gives a beautiful valediction.
-- Richard Corliss, Martial Masterpiece, Time Asia, 7/10/2000
by 1614, from Latin valedicere "bid farewell," from vale, imperative form of valere "be well" + dicere "to say"
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