- to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.
Origin of abscond
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Examples from the Web for absconder
Agencies know from experience that their best bet is not to actively look for the absconder, but to wait and watch family members.Trust Me, Dominique, Don't Run
May 18, 2011
He was sent to Rio de Janeiro to bring back an absconder of note.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
The first Stockbridge case had been in connection with an absconder.Whispering Wires
He was still on the absconder's trail, though as yet it had not led him very far.A Prairie Courtship
The first absconder was one Juma, who deserted with half a hundredweight of biscuit that night.
The absconder is often too inarticulate and ill at ease to give a clear picture of what was in his mind when he went away.Broken Homes
Joanna C. Colcord
- (intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
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.