Definition of valediction in English:

valediction

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

[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.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A statement or address made at or as a farewell: his official memorial valediction
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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