abscond

[ab-skond]
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:
1605–15; < Latin abscondere to hide or stow away, equivalent to abs- abs- + condere to stow (con- con- + -dere to put; see do1)

absconder, noun


decamp, bolt.
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abscond (əbˈskɒnd)
 
vb
(intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
 
[C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs-ab-1 + condere to stow]
 
ab'sconder
 
n

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abscond
1560s, from L. abscondere "to hide, conceal," from ab(s)- "away" + condere "put together, store," from com- "together" + 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.
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Example sentences
Alas, soon her new friends are attacked by phantoms that destroy their homes
  and abscond with their possessions.
Souder, that the salesman had absconded with their money and never recorded the
  deeds.
Oh, if you abscond with someone else's minion, you'd better watch out.
Then they refinance and abscond with the owners' equity.
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