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elopement

[ih-lohp-muh nt] /ɪˈloʊp mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married.
2.
an act or instance of leaving a safe area or safe premises, done by a person with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment:
Parents of autistic children need strategies to cope with elopement.
See also wandering (def 6).
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  • On the night of the elopement the two children met at the minister's house.

  • Of course if they thought it an elopement, they might not take that trouble.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Don't you think an elopement is perfectly splendid—so romantic and all that?

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was the old story—an elopement, a grand row, and then all was forgiven.

  • I suppose she was always like that; even in the very hour of elopement with Fyne.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Then I adjusted it to the matter in hand which was neither more nor less than an elopement.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • What would his friends say if he involved Helene in the scandal of an elopement?

  • Some said you had been proposing an elopement: others said you hadn't.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • I hastened to meet the Delia Torres, and then came our elopement.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • You may not hope to make use of a king's ship for the purposes of an elopement.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Word Origin and History for elopement
n.

1540s, from elope + -ment. (The word was in Anglo-French in 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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