Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Word of the Day

1. Pertaining to leave-taking or departing; valedictory.
1. Obsolete. A farewell address; valedictory.

The others followed suit and, politely apopemptic, vanished into the night.
-- Sōseki Natsume, Aiko Ito, Graeme Wilson, "I Am a Cat"

Only to the fool who believes all truths debatable, who believes true virtue resides not in men but in eulogies, true sorrow not in partings but in apopemptic hymns…
-- John Gardner, "Jason and Medeia"

Rising to prominence in the middle 1700s, apopemptic derives from the Greek apopemptikós, pertaining to 'sending away.'

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