One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he thought of a ploy to delay her departure’
leaving, going, going away, going off, leave-taking, withdrawal, exit, egress, quitting, decamping, retreat, retirement, retiral
flight, fleeing, running away, desertion
setting off, setting out, starting out
2‘a departure from normality’
deviation, divergence, digression, shift, variation, change
3‘the film represents an exciting departure for feminist film-makers’
change of direction, change, difference of emphasis, innovation, novelty, rarity
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