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valediction Line breaks: val¦edic|tion
Pronunciation: /ˌvalɪˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/

Definition of valediction in English:


[mass noun]
1The action of saying farewell: he lifted his hand and spread his palm in valediction
More example sentences
  • As far as I can tell, codes for friendly valediction seem to be a lot looser in the US.
  • Otto simply raised a hand in valediction and spurred his horse on.
  • He waved in valediction and closed the door quickly.
1.1 [count noun] A statement or address made at or as a farewell: his official memorial valediction
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  • Ghost Dance is a book redolent of death and mortality, of eulogies and valedictions.
  • I uttered my valedictions, and made my way out of there very, very quickly.
  • He had just heard the huntmaster mark the occasion with a sombre valediction, but pledge to continue the tradition of hunting.


Mid 17th century: based on Latin vale 'goodbye' + dicere 'to say', on the pattern of benediction.

Words that rhyme with valediction

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, crucifixion, depiction, dereliction, diction, eviction, fiction, friction, infliction, interdiction, jurisdiction, malediction, restriction, transfixion
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