You wrote a draft of The Accursed in the early 1980s, then abandoned it.
He abandoned the effort when few of his readers followed through with it.
We are a people that until very recently knew little but the hurriedly packed bag, the abandoned home, the loved one lost forever.
abandoned by an alcoholic father, he served in the Air Force and discovered martial arts while stationed in Korea.
[T]he Agriculture Department abandoned the costly and burdensome review process it had applied to earlier claims.
All this has been said already, has been gone into, and fire at command has been abandoned.
The boat-house represented one of Stilling's abandoned whims.
Ben Smart had not been taken, and the pursuers had abandoned the chase.
So they abandoned the crown and forsook their country, not knowing or caring where they went.
Hereford and Norfolk abandoned active in favour of passive hostility.
"self-devoted" to some purpose (usually evil), late 14c., past participle adjective from abandon (v.).
late 14c., "to give up, surrender (oneself or something), give over utterly; to yield (oneself) utterly (to religion, fornication, etc.)," from Old French abandoner (12c.), from adverbial phrase à bandon "at will, at discretion," from à "at, to" (see ad-) + bandon "power, jurisdiction," from Latin bannum, "proclamation," from a Frankish word related to ban (v.).
Mettre sa forest à bandon was a feudal law phrase in the 13th cent. = mettre sa forêt à permission, i.e. to open it freely to any one for pasture or to cut wood in; hence the later sense of giving up one's rights for a time, letting go, leaving, abandoning. [Auguste Brachet, "An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language," transl. G.W. Kitchin, Oxford, 1878]Etymologically, the word carries a sense of "put someone under someone else's control." Meaning "to give up absolutely" is from late 14c. Related: Abandoned; abandoning.
"a letting loose, surrender to natural impulses," 1822, from a sense in French abandon (see abandon (v.). Borrowed earlier (c.1400) from French in a sense "(someone's) control;" and cf. Middle English adverbial phrase at abandon, i.e. "recklessly," attested from late 14c.