riddance

Riddance is the act of getting rid of something. People say "Good riddance!" when they're happy someone or something is gone.

When you're rid of something, it's gone. You're rid of a cold when it's over. Similarly, riddance is the action of getting rid of something. The police are dedicated to the riddance of crime. Librarians want riddance of noise so people can read. If you have bugs where you live, you're going to be interested in their riddance: they will have to be exterminated. Good riddance!

Definitions of riddance
  1. noun
    the act of removing or getting rid of something
    synonyms: elimination
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    simplification
    elimination of superfluous details
    oversimplification, simplism
    an act of excessive simplification; the act of making something seem simpler than it really is
    rationalisation, rationalization
    (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation
    type of:
    remotion, removal
    the act of removing
  2. noun
    the act of forcing out someone or something
    synonyms: ejection, exclusion, expulsion
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    defenestration
    the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
    deportation
    the expulsion from a country of an undesirable alien
    ostracism
    the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
    barring, blackball
    the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto
    ouster, ousting
    the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
    deposition, dethronement
    the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
    type of:
    banishment, proscription
    rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
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