severance

A severance is the ending of a connection or relationship. A terrible argument between you and your cousin could turn into a all-out feud and eventually a complete severance between the two branches of your family.

The noun severance implies a separation or cut of some kind, like a severance between your father and the political party with which he has become disenchanted. If you cut off relations with a person, group, or organization, you've initiated a severance. The phrase "severance pay" means the deal a company offers to an employee who's being fired. Severance comes from the word sever, "to cut," whose origin is the Latin separare, or "separate."

Definitions of severance
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n the act of severing

Synonyms:
severing
Type of:
cut, cutting
the act of cutting something into parts

n a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

Synonyms:
breach, break, falling out, rift, rupture
Examples:
Great Schism
the period from 1378 to 1417 during which there were two papacies in the Roman Catholic Church, one in Rome and one in Avignon
Types:
schism
the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
Type of:
breakup, detachment, separation
coming apart

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