envoi :

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  • n  a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry

  • Sinatra's definitive version was an envoi to a lost love and a derailed life; Bennett's is a swagger, a roguish kiss-off.
  • Her present book is a sort of envoi to an intellectual life that, for the memoirist, began to wane 20 years ago.
  • I was amused to read your moralistic envoi to the Carnegie-Kahn way of living, in the same issue that described, with evident relish, the Byzantine extravagance of Cole Porter's .

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