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[ab-skond] /æbˈskɒnd/
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 of abscond
1605-15; < Latin abscondere to hide or stow away, equivalent to abs- abs- + condere to stow (con- con- + -dere to put; see do1)
Related forms
absconder, noun
decamp, bolt. Unabridged
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  • I wondered what upon earth had become of him, but felt certain he was too true a friend to abscond with my half of the shirt.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling J. P. Johnston
  • His life was safe if either of these men could be persuaded to abscond.

  • Even if I were to abscond and get rid of my personality altogether, what would be the use of it?

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
  • He had cornered her, only to have her abscond into neutral territory.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • Van Klopen, however, was not successful in his business, and was compelled to close his shop and abscond from his creditors.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • In November, 1876, Trinquet and some of his comrades managed to abscond in a steamboat.

  • One would think there was something wrong—that you were about to abscond.'

  • He is just the man to abscond with all the money and leave us in the lurch, the scoundrel!

    Father Goriot Honore de Balzac
  • Courts haven't much use for men that abscond and then turn up in New York.

    A Man of Honor George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for abscond


(intransitive) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
Derived Forms
absconder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs-ab-1 + condere to stow
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Word Origin and History for abscond

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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