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valediction


Her valediction was heart-felt and inspiring.
  saying farewell  — especially a speech delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class
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Strongly Associated with:   valedictorian, salutatorian, valedictory, salutatory
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  • Her valediction was heart-felt and inspiring.
  • ended his letters with the valediction "Liberty or Death."
  • As the smoke rose into the sky kites appeared from different directions and hovered over the burning field in silent valediction.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • The steamer itself had vanished, but the great scroll of smoke still hung in the air and drooped like a flag mournfully in valediction.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse

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  • There were more prayers, a psalm, the Lord’s Prayer and another long one in which the falling tones of valediction gathered into a melancholy finality.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • A fresh supply of pill-boxes was brought in from the Bursary; a new distribution was hastily made and, to the sound of the Voice’s richly affectionate, baritone valedictions, the twins dispersed, blubbering as though their hearts would break.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • 17 — VALEDICTION.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • The high school produced a second yearbook, Valediction 1945, summing up its years in camp.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
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Associated words [difficulty]:   valediction [9] , valedictorian [5] , salutatorian [8] , valedictory [8] , salutatory [9]
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