He avoids confrontation and the limelight, but he could not suppress his dismay about the absences that inaugural day.
His absences accumulated, and soon we more often found Daquan leaning against the wall of the corner bodega than in a desk.
They confronted the entertainer about his inattentiveness and absences.
late 14c., from Old French absence (14c.), from Latin absentia, noun of state from absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + esse "to be" (see essence).
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
[Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839) "Isle of Beauty"]
absence ab·sence (āb'səns)
See petit mal.