verb (used without object)

to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.

Origin of abscond

1605–15; < Latin abscondere to hide or stow away, equivalent to abs- abs- + condere to stow (con- con- + -dere to put; see do1)
Related formsab·scond·er, noun

Synonyms for abscond

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Examples from the Web for abscond

Contemporary Examples of abscond

Historical Examples of abscond

  • And he could not abscond with the balance, because that would mean the loss of Margaret.

    Geoffrey Hampstead

    Thomas Stinson Jarvis

  • Those likely to abscond, or belonging to other Cantons, are not accepted.

    The Vagrancy Problem.

    William Harbutt Dawson

  • One would think there was something wrong—that you were about to abscond.'

  • The truth is that they are breaking up the whole house of the human intellect that they may abscond in any direction.

  • Even if I were to abscond and get rid of my personality altogether, what would be the use of it?

    Strange Stories

    Grant Allen

British Dictionary definitions for abscond



(intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
Derived Formsabsconder, noun

Word Origin for abscond

C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs- ab- 1 + condere to stow
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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.

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