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[dis-uh-peer-uh ns] /ˌdɪs əˈpɪər əns/
the act or an instance of disappearing; a ceasing to be seen or to exist.
Origin of disappearance
1705-15; disappear + -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Steinweg's death and the disappearance of the documents which the old man was to make over to him did not trouble him greatly.

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

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • He could either return and report the disappearance of the enemy or he could make a dash for it and enter Ladysmith.

    Notes of a War Correspondent Richard Harding Davis
  • The disappearance of the last piece of money could not affect people of position.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • They had heard all about the disappearance of Lady Raynham's son in the servants' hall—the evening papers had had it.

    The Lamp of Fate Margaret Pedler
Word Origin and History for disappearance

1712; see disappear + -ance.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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