Four years later, he has absented himself utterly from the quagmire in which nearly 90 million Egyptians find themselves.
When he became easier, he asked me why I had absented myself from home so long, and where I had been.
Madeleine absented herself, and Bertha soon stole to her side.
If several had absented themselves from personal jealousies, others had stayed away through indifference.
If for a time I have absented myself from her, it is to think and work for her redemption.
He absented himself from church; he met the young ladies no more.
I avoided the house of Mr Clayton, and absented myself from his chapel.
He had absented himself from that hospitable domain for purposes of reflection, and also to avoid the company of Mr. Du Brant.
He absented himself in thought, then came to life with a snap.
Then, little by little, she absented herself from Augusta, making frequent pilgrimages to Boston.
late 14c., from Middle French absent (Old French ausent), from Latin absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent" (see absence). Related: Absently; absentness.
"to keep away" (from), c.1400, from Middle French absenter, from Late Latin absentare "cause to be away," from Latin absentem (see absent (adj.)). Related: Absented; absenting.
"in the absence of," 1944, principally from U.S. legal use, from absent (v.).