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Definition relating to a farewell — especially a speech at graduation exercises
  • a valedictory address
  • valedictory remarks before parting
  • a suitable valedictory gesture
  • Micawber spoke as if they were going five hundred thousand miles, "I should offer a few valedictory remarks to two such friends as I see before me."
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • We don't need a valedictory."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The good woman with a face like a white horse at the end of the bed makes a valedictory movement and turns to go.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • His valedictory speech was entitled "To Be or Not to Be."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Without evincing any inclination to come in again, he there delivered his valedictory remarks.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Bjornstam was not respectfully valedictory.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Mr. Bounderby resumed, as a valedictory address.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He gave a last valedictory glance at the little room and its frozen occupants.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • In this valedictory broadcast, flanked in the studio by Commandant Vandegrift and Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, John focused his remarks not on himself but on his comrades, the Marines.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Rough and amiable noises came from it at night, and a good deal of singing about When I Die Don't Bury Me at All; yet for three years Digams had won the valedictory and the Hugh Loizeau Medal in Experimental Surgery.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • LaCountiss Spinner gives a tame, respectful valedictory speech, mostly thanking a lot of teachers; and Mayor Barry arrives, about an hour late, to present the Mayor's Academic Achievement Award to three students on the stage, including Cedric.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It may be expected that on the eve of a migration which will consign us to a perfectly new existence,' Mr. Micawber spoke as if they were going five hundred thousand miles, 'I should offer a few valedictory remarks to two such friends as I see before me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • When it was rumored, for example, that Adams might deliver a valedictory to Congress, the Aurora had questioned how possibly the "Duke of Braintree" could ever consider appearing before "a body in which his former friends are his enemies, and his former opponents the only persons who pity him."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • There was shuffling and rustling around me, then Henry Reed was giving his valedictory address, "To Be or Not to Be."
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He was looking out over the hundreds of empty seats—he appeared to be a little blinded by the pickup truck's headlights, but he needed the light in order to see his valedictory speech, which he was reading.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany
  • He couldn't have imagined what a travesty Owen Meany's absence would make of the commencement exercises that year—how such a timid, rather plain, and much-ignored student, who was the replacement valedictorian of our class, would find the . courage to offer as a valedictory only these words: "I am not the head of this class.
    John Irving  --  A Prayer for Owen Meany

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