- to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.
Origin of abscond
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Examples from the Web for abscond
The Hashemites will not just surrender power and abscond to South Kensington.What A Romney Win Means For Israel
November 5, 2012
His life was safe if either of these men could be persuaded to abscond.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The great favorites at Court, Priests and Jesuits, fly or abscond.The Diary of John Evelyn, Volume II (of 2)
One would think there was something wrong—that you were about to abscond.'The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn
Those likely to abscond, or belonging to other Cantons, are not accepted.The Vagrancy Problem.
William Harbutt Dawson
This was in harmony with her original suspicion, that he intended secretly to abscond.Desperate Remedies
- (intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
Word Origin and History for abscond
1560s, from Middle French abscondre and directly from Latin abscondere "to hide, conceal, put out of sight," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + condere "put together, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + dere "put," from PIE *dhe- "to put, place, make" (see factitious). The notion is of "to hide oneself," especially to escape debt or the law. Related: Absconded; absconder; absconding.