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Definition pay and potentially other benefits given to an employee whose job is eliminated

More rarely, severance can refer to the act of severing (splitting or cutting) as in "the severance of their relationship."
  • 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.
  • Along with the letter was a severance check, which would be my final remuneration from Beaufort County.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • So, there is the severance.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • We are drawing up severance terms that will include a reimbursement of those monies.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He would get vacation pay and three months' severance.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • 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
  • 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
  • This is what the farewell tour is really all about—Mia completing the severance she began three years ago.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Amanda," she had said recently, "did we give that Mrs. Girt any severance pay?"
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • A second severance from the body of our mother.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • "They'd learn 'fire and movement,' " Dave Severance reminisced to me.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But for him, perhaps, this severance need never have taken place.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The unit procured a generous severance package from Security Police funds.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • 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

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