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

n the act of removing or getting rid of something

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

n the act of forcing out someone or something

ejection, exclusion, expulsion
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the act of throwing someone or something out of a window
the expulsion from a country of an undesirable alien
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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