leave-taking ˈlēv-ˌtā-kiŋ noun
: the act of departing politely
The term leave-taking has appeared in two articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Sept. 17 in the book review “A Translator’s Tribute to the Lifesaving Power of Words” by Emily Rapp Black:
Loss and leave-taking are major themes. These play out in Amy’s adolescence, characterized by her mother’s neglect and fear of disaster. She writes of losing her Russian tutor — a man with whom both she and Zoe fall in love — to suicide; of leaving home for the University of Tulsa, a “Wonderkid” who matriculates at age 15 and has to negotiate the less intellectual pursuits of dating and parties; and, eventually, of the psychological freedom she discovers through the work of translation, which in equal parts connects and disconnects her with the world ….