riddance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n riddance the act of forcing out someone or something "the ejection of troublemakers by the police","the child's expulsion from school"
    • n riddance the act of removing or getting rid of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Riddance The act of ridding or freeing; deliverance; a cleaning up or out. "Thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy field."
    • Riddance The state of being rid or free; freedom; escape. "Riddance from all adversity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n riddance 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.
    • n riddance The act of putting out of the way specifically, destruction.
    • n riddance The earth thrown out by an animal, as a fox, badger, or woodchuck, in burrowing into the ground.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Riddance act of ridding or freeing: destruction: the earth thrown up by a burrowing animal
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hreddan, to snatch away; Ger. retten.

Usage

In literature:

If he has gone home it is a good riddance of very bad rubbish.
"Captain Sam" by George Cary Eggleston
Doubtless there is a way of riddance.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
And they did not know precisely what they desired for the riddance of their distress.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
That's good riddance if it's true.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
And a better riddance could not well be imagined.
"The Honourable Mr. Tawnish" by Jeffery Farnol
The tailor ran to the door to watch his departure, almost beside himself for joy at this happy riddance.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
And good riddance to bad rubbish!
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It would have been one heretic less and good riddance.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Less violent methods of riddance may be employed.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
It would be good riddance.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
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In poetry:

The LETTER
Rev. Sir, FOR many years now past, a dire disease,
And dreadful dizziness affects my brain;
So that I can't by any means have ease,
Nor, O my God! get riddance of my pain.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard

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For Romney, good riddance .
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