Saturday, December 19, 2015

valediction: Word of the Day
Dec. 19, 2015

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\val-i-DIK-shuh n\
1. an act of bidding farewell or taking leave.
2. an utterance, oration, or the like, given in bidding farewell or taking leave; valedictory.
Cambara replays in her mind Raxma's emotional valediction, spoken as they hugged each other good-bye at the Toronto airport, to which Raxma had given her a lift.
-- Nuruddin Farah, Knots, 2007
Valediction can be traced to the Latin terms vale meaning "farewell" and dīcere, "to say." It entered English in the early 1600s.
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