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FA'REWELL, a compound of fare, in the imperative, and well. Go well originally applied to a person departing, but by custom now applied both to those who depart and those who remain. It expresses a kind wish, a wish of happiness to those who leave or those who are left.

The verb and adverb are often separated by the pronoun fare you well I wish you a happy departure may you be well in your absence.

It is sometimes an expression of separation only. Farewell the year farewell ye sweet groves that is, I take my leave of you.


1. A wish of happiness or welfare at parting the parting compliment adieu.
2. Leave act of departure.

And takes her farewell of the glorious sun.

Before I take my farewell of the subject.

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The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Farewell'. King James Dictionary.

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