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Noun: severance  se-v(u-)run(t)s
  1. A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)
    "they hoped to avoid a severance in relations";
    - rupture, breach, break, rift, falling out
     
  2. The act of severing
    - severing
     
  3. The termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    - dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking, chuck [Brit], heave-ho
     
  4. A payment to compensate an employee when they leave employment before retirement

Derived forms: severances

Type of: breakup, conclusion, cut, cutting, detachment, ending, separation, termination

Encyclopedia: Severance, KS