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Friday, December 14, 2012

apopemptic

\ap-uh-PEMP-tik\ , adjective;
1.
Pertaining to leave-taking or departing; valedictory.
noun:
1.
Obsolete. A farewell address; valedictory.
Quotes:
The others followed suit and, politely apopemptic, vanished into the night.
-- Sōseki Natsume, Aiko Ito, Graeme Wilson, I Am a Cat
Only to the fool who believes all truths debatable, who believes true virtue resides not in men but in eulogies, true sorrow not in partings but in apopemptic hymns…
-- John Gardner, Jason and Medeia
Origin:
Rising to prominence in the middle 1700s, apopemptic derives from the Greek apopemptikós, pertaining to 'sending away.'
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