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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Related Words for absconder

escapee, truant, absentee, quitter, bolter

Examples from the Web for absconder

Contemporary Examples of absconder

  • Agencies know from experience that their best bet is not to actively look for the absconder, but to wait and watch family members.

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    Trust Me, Dominique, Don't Run

    Mansfield Frazier

    May 18, 2011

Historical Examples of absconder

British Dictionary definitions for absconder



(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 absconder



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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