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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: valedictus, past participle of valedicere 'to say goodbye', from vale 'goodbye' + dicere 'to say'

valedictory

noun
     
val‧e‧dic‧to‧ry plural valedictories [countable] formal
a speech or statement in which you say goodbye when you are leaving a school, job etc, especially on a formal occasion
valedictory adjective:
a valedictory speech

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