from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of ridding.
  • idiom (good riddance) Used to express relief that someone or something has been gotten rid of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of ridding or getting rid, as of something superfluous, objectionable, or injurious; the state of being thus relieved; deliverance; specifically, the act of clearing or cleaning out.
  • noun The act of putting out of the way specifically, destruction.
  • noun The earth thrown out by an animal, as a fox, badger, or woodchuck, in burrowing into the ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of ridding or freeing; deliverance; a cleaning up or out.
  • noun The state of being rid or free; freedom; escape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of being rid of something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of removing or getting rid of something
  • noun the act of forcing out someone or something


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  • There are a few inappropriate examples on riddance; they should be quotes from reliable sources (e.g. quotes from books), not remarks on random blog posts.

    June 5, 2017