to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution:
The cashier absconded with the money.
The Hashemites will not just surrender power and abscond to South Kensington.
What A Romney Win Means For Israel Bernard Avishai November 4, 2012
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.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay
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.
History of the Commune of 1871 P. Lissagary
One would think there was something wrong—that you were about to abscond.’
The Mystery of Lincoln’s Inn Robert Machray
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
(intransitive) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
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.
a person who ; absconder.
hiding, especially to avoid legal proceedings.
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money. Contemporary Examples Agencies know from experience that their best bet is not to actively look for the absconder, but to wait and watch family members. Trust Me, Dominique, Don’t Run Mansfield Frazier May 17, […]
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money. Contemporary Examples Aided by some divine meddling, Paris performs the consummate indignity against his host Menelaus by absconding with his wife. ‘A Sustained Sense of Violation’: When Bad House Guests Invade Literature Matt Seidel […]