verb (used with object)
Origin of abandon1
Synonyms for abandon
Antonyms for abandon
Related Words for abandonmentrenunciation, relinquishment, quitclaim, surrender, resignation, waiver, carelessness, recklessness, unrestraint, lightheartedness, wildness, dereliction, desertion, jettison
Examples from the Web for abandonment
Contemporary Examples of abandonment
Every adopted person has to deal with the fact of abandonment, and what that has done to them.Frances McDormand on 'Olive Kitteridge,' Dropping LSD, and Her Beef With FX's 'Fargo'
September 3, 2014
The sense of insecurity is heightened by the uncertainty and a feeling of abandonment.Jews in East Ukraine Are Being Threatened, But By Whom?
April 17, 2014
Harry and Peter are bound by the loss of their fathers and their abandonment issues.Marc Webb Takes Us Inside ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ and Discusses His Rise to the A-List
March 15, 2014
From The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin.How to Cure Your Anxiety? Read Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ Of Course.
Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkind
September 26, 2013
Of course arch-conservatives think social breakdown is caused by the abandonment of traditional gender roles.Mississippi’s Governor Has Some Bad Ideas
June 7, 2013
Historical Examples of abandonment
Abandonment and abuse are not acts of God, they are failures of love.
Her act of abandonment was really an arrangement for settling her son permanently in life.The Secret Agent
This abandonment of the second topic threw him on the third.Little Dorrit
But it never woke him to remorse, or to abandonment of his design.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And how desolate was its abandonment, what a stream of silence and solitude it was!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Word Origin for abandon
1610s, from French abandonnement, from abandonner (see 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.