- 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 absconding
Aided by some divine meddling, Paris performs the consummate indignity against his host Menelaus by absconding with his wife.‘A Sustained Sense of Violation’: When Bad House Guests Invade Literature
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Absconding Americans or Sulus were to be mutually surrendered.The Philippine Islands
Absconding has been punished with various degrees of severity.
Had my husband, to your knowledge, a reason for absconding suddenly?
They then abuse it by absconding with what they can lay hands upon.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
But, last of all, I am described as absconding 87 from my hotel.The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern
- (intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
Word Origin and History for absconding
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.