[ab-suh n-tee-iz-uh m]
See more synonyms for absenteeism on Thesaurus.com

Origin of absenteeism

First recorded in 1820–30; absentee + -ism
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for absenteeism

truancy, absence, defection, desertion, skipping

Examples from the Web for absenteeism

Contemporary Examples of absenteeism

Historical Examples of absenteeism

British Dictionary definitions for absenteeism


  1. persistent absence from work, school, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for absenteeism

1829, from absentee + -ism; originally in reference to landlords, especially in Ireland (absentee in this sense is in Johnson's dictionary); reference to pupils or workers is from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

absenteeism in Culture


Habitual absence from work, thought to reflect employee demoralization or dissatisfaction.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.