[dis-uh-peer-uh ns]


the act or an instance of disappearing; a ceasing to be seen or to exist.

Origin of disappearance

First recorded in 1705–15; disappear + -ance
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Examples from the Web for disappearance

Contemporary Examples of disappearance

Historical Examples of disappearance

  • Stineli had suffered a great deal since her friend's disappearance.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • The disappearance of the last piece of money could not affect people of position.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • And the mystery of our felucca's disappearance had to be discussed.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • I never saw him before, but I saw him again on this very night of his disappearance.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • When she had uttered this denial, which he believed to be true, she asked him what he meant by disappearance?

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

Word Origin and History for disappearance

1712; see disappear + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper