One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of saying farewell.‘he lifted his hand and spread his palm in valediction’
farewell, goodbye, adieu, leave-taking, parting, send-offView synonyms
- ‘Otto simply raised a hand in valediction and spurred his horse on.’
- ‘As far as I can tell, codes for friendly valediction seem to be a lot looser in the US.’
- ‘He waved in valediction and closed the door quickly.’
- 1.1count noun A statement or address made at or as a farewell.‘his official memorial valediction’
- ‘Every lesson ended with the same valediction: ‘I will pray for you!’, which I found oddly comforting.’
- ‘Ghost Dance is a book redolent of death and mortality, of eulogies and valedictions.’
- ‘The girl looked at me, slack-jawed, and didn't even say ‘Cheers’, the typical London valediction.’
- ‘I uttered my valedictions, and made my way out of there very, very quickly.’
- ‘This evening will be a valediction from his peers, a tribute to the man who changed the game.’
- ‘In 1947 he made a wonderful picture which, though he continued to photograph for many more years, we might read as a valediction to his younger, splenetic self.’
- ‘He had just heard the huntmaster mark the occasion with a sombre valediction, but pledge to continue the tradition of hunting.’
- ‘Late as ever, I offer my valediction to people who, though most of them didn't know me, had a lot to do with stocking my fondest memories.’
- ‘Instead, more than two years after it was recorded, the album turns out to be their valediction.’
- ‘He took a few hours out of his precious time on the eve of going on holiday to compose the valediction.’
- ‘The broadcasts always ended with a spookily-cheery valediction of ‘Good-bye, dear listeners’ and a tinny recording of the Internationale.’
- ‘We then leap forward to Esther's valediction, written seven years later.’
- ‘His last words might have been that century's valediction: ‘Great Lord and you, witnesses to my death, I have lived as a philosopher and die as a Christian.’’
Mid 17th century: based on Latin vale ‘goodbye’ + dicere ‘to say’, on the pattern of benediction.
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