val·​e·​dic·​tion | \ ˌva-lə-ˈdik-shən How to pronounce valediction (audio) \

Definition of valediction

1 : an act of bidding farewell

Examples of valediction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a class graduating into a world of quarantines and social distancing, that seemed a fitting valediction. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "The Class of Covid-19," 17 Mar. 2020 The film, which intersperses clips from Varda’s career with footage of her speaking to an adoring audience, is both an introduction and a valediction. New York Times, "Old Masters and Fresh Surprises at the New York Film Festival," 4 Oct. 2019 The victory speech served as a valediction for Woods, who had grown up in the corporate cradle of Buick’s sponsorship, and also for Michiganders who had considered a PGA Tour event in their state to be almost a birthright since 1958. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Golf Club landed the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic," 23 June 2019 Bergling’s death was, in some ways, a valediction for the uplifiting, industry-shaking EDM scene of the 2010s. August Brown,, "Avicii’s final songs emerge on ‘Tim,’ with help from many friends," 7 June 2019 Those generic valedictions belie a race for president unlike any in this country’s history. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Mexican presidential campaign wraps up with Lopez Obrador in lead," 27 June 2018 Cassini will transmit data to Earth to the very end, squeezing out the last drips of science as a valediction for one of NASA's greatest missions. Joel Achenbach,, "Farewell Cassini: NASA's spacecraft will plunge into Saturn this month," 9 Sep. 2017 Cassini will transmit data to Earth to the very end, squeezing out the last drips of science as a valediction for one of NASA’s greatest missions. Joel Achenbach, Washington Post, "How to steer a spacecraft into Saturn," 9 Sep. 2017 The game itself is also something of a triumphant valediction for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who is spending his 18th and presumably final full season atop an MLB franchise. Jack Dickey,, "Baseball has been good for Jeffrey Loria, but Marlins owner has been awful for baseball," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of valediction

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valediction

borrowed from New Latin valedictiōn-, valedictiō, from Latin valedic-, alternate stem of vale dīcere, valedīcere "to say goodbye," (from vale, interjection, "goodbye, farewell," reduced form of valē, imperative of valēre "to have strength, be well" + dīcere "to speak, say") + -tiōn-, -tiō, noun suffix of action — more at wield, diction

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“Valediction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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