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severance -- as in: severance pay
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  • She received a generous severance package.
  • Employees were given a week’s severance pay for each year they had been with the company.
  • They gave me a good recommendation, but no severance.
  • No severance, nothing.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • This is what the farewell tour is really all about—Mia completing the severance she began three years ago.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "Amanda," she had said recently, "did we give that Mrs. Girt any severance pay?"
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Along with the letter was a severance check, which would be my final remuneration from Beaufort County.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • To wit, the necessary and all-too-healthy severance of my relationship with the sweet siren of Cracow—that inimitable, that incomparable, that tragically faithless daughter of joy, Poland’s gem and gift to the concupiscent chiropractors of Flatbush—Sophie Zawistowska!
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • We are drawing up severance terms that will include a reimbursement of those monies.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • So, there is the severance.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • But when it is a beloved and intimate human being that is dying, besides this horror at the extinction of life there is a severance, a spiritual wound, which like a physical wound is sometimes fatal and sometimes heals, but always aches and shrinks at any external irritating touch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Thus, while the bearer is no longer a member of our scholastic family, it is highly important that his severance with the college be executed as painlessly as possible.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • This new honor came to her after an exciting joint meeting of those societies which threatened to end in violence and the severance of lifelong ties of friendship.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He had then suggested that Nancy discontinue "seeing so much of Bobby," advising her that a slow retreat now would hurt less than an abrupt severance later-for, as he reminded her, it was a parting that must eventually take place.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • His own death came on him as he spoke, and soul from body, bemoaning severance from youth and manhood, slipped to be wafted to the underworld.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • " ’To Harry James Potter,’ " he read, and Harry’s insides contracted with a sudden excitement, " ’I leave the Snitch he caught in his first Quidditch match at Hogwarts, as a reminder of the rewards of per-severance and skill.’
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Rosemary had never done much thinking, save about the illimitability of her mother’s perfections, so this final severance of the umbilical cord disturbed her sleep.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But for him, perhaps, this severance need never have taken place.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • It was absolutely necessary to communicate with Sue, though two or three days earlier they had agreed to mutual severance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • She had sighed for her self-completeness then, and now she cried aloud against the severance of the union she had deplored.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He would get vacation pay and three months’ severance.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • On the day when in the drawing room of the house in Arbaty Street she had gone up to him in her brown dress, and given herself to him without a word—on that day, at that hour, there took place in her heart a complete severance from all her old life, and a quite different, new, utterly strange life had begun for her, while the old life was actually going on as before.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • …morning by the post, the following letter, dated Canterbury, and addressed to me at Doctor’s Commons; which I read with some surprise: ’MY DEAR SIR, ’Circumstances beyond my individual control have, for a considerable lapse of time, effected a severance of that intimacy which, in the limited opportunities conceded to me in the midst of my professional duties, of contemplating the scenes and events of the past, tinged by the prismatic hues of memory, has ever afforded me, as it ever…
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • His name she had obviously never used during their separation, and her dignified sense of their total severance was shown not much less by this abstention than by the hardships she had chosen to undergo (of which he now learnt for the first time) rather than apply to his father for more funds.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • It is true that every time my life was shattered in this way I had in the end gained something, some increase in liberty and in spiritual growth and depth, but with it went an increased loneliness, an increasing chill of severance and estrangement.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • But calmly considered it was not likely that such a severance as now existed would ever close up: she would have to live on as a painful object, isolated, and out of place.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • The so-called rites of passage, which occupy such a prominent place in the life of a primitive society (ceremonials of birth, naming, puberty, marriage, burial, etc.), are distinguished by formal, and usually very severe, exercises of severance, whereby the mind is radically cut away from the attitudes, attachments, and life patterns of the stage being left behind.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • That sound was merely the sharp and final clap-to of a door between us and all that was, all that might have been—a retroactive severance of the stream of event a forever crystallised instant in imponderable time accomplished by three weak yet indomitable women which, preceding the accomplished fact which we declined, refused, robbed the brother of the prey, reft the murderer of a victim for his very bullet.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • When he had parted from her before, he had been in ignorance of facts which gave a new aspect to the relation between them, and made a more absolute severance than he had then believed in.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • A second severance from the body of our mother.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The unit procured a generous severance package from Security Police funds.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Why do I feel that there are severances and oppositions in the mind, as there are strains from obvious causes on the body?
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • His severance pay was to be paid at the turn of the month, she couldn’t say how much but it wasn’t four figures, poor lamb.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Such, anyhow, were the thoughts that in those endless-seeming weeks ran in the doctor’s mind, along with thoughts about his severance from his wife.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • She thought of the severance of the twins; they had entered life within twenty minutes of each other; her heart was gripped with pity at the thought of the boy’s loneliness.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • The labor force was reduced to slavery, and for the first time in many decades management was able to fire people at will without granting any severance pay and to have them thrown in jail for the slightest protest.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • She would call friends to whose faxed condolences she hadn’t yet responded; she would call her lawyer about the tedious details of her severance and she would tidy all the other loose ends she’d left hanging last week.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • Your dear friend followed me to my retreat, and was very droll on the severance of the connection; though he was sorry, too, for the excellent people (in their way the best he had ever met), and deplored the necessity of breaking mere house-flies on the wheel.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Whatever progress of population there may be in the British Canadas, is only for their own early severance of their present colonial relation to the little island three thousand miles across the Atlantic; soon to be followed by Annexation, and destined to swell the still accumulating momentum of our progress.
    John O’Sullivan  --  Annexation (Texas)
  • *the severance Alas, mine hearte’s queen! alas, my wife!
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • "They’d learn ’fire and movement,’ " Dave Severance reminisced to me.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • That’s a military-oriented city, occupied, preoccupied, with all the military figures of American history, the great soldiers and generals, but you don’t see the musicians on parade, although you do have Severance Hall, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Ohio University Bobcats, Buckeyes of Ohio State.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • All the way they were broadened by travel, and discovered the wonders of the great world: the movie theater at Roundup, which had for orchestra not only a hand-played piano but also a violin; the black fox farm at Melody; and the Severance water-tower, which was said to be the tallest in Central North Dakota.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • …with emotional lips repeating, (So hard for his hand to release those hands—no more will they meet, No more for communion of sorrow and joy, of old and young, A far-stretching journey awaits him, to return no more,) Shunning, postponing severance—seeking to ward off the last word ever so little, E’en at the exit-door turning—charges superfluous calling back— e’en as he descends the steps, Something to eke out a minute additional—shadows of nightfall deepening, Farewells, messages…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Easy Company’s boss was Captain Dave Severance, a tall, lean Wisconsin native; a ramrod Marine of exceptional judgment who had shown his mettle in battle, who expressed his authority through calm understatement and unflinching example.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Captain Dave Severance had first seen the maps a month before in the conference room at Camp Tarawa.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Severance’s thoughts reeled back through military history.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • And a few weeks before leaving for Iwo Jima, Captain Dave Severance tries to recommend Mike for the rank of Platoon Sergeant.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Having made his point, Mike was soon shepherding his boys across the sands to their rendezvous with Dave Severance’s unit.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
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