to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution:
The cashier absconded with the money.
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 July 22, 2013
Camilla could now stay no longer; nor could Edgar, though adoring the hearty joy of Sir Hugh, refuse to aid her in absconding.
Camilla Fanny Burney
absconding Americans or Sulus were to be mutually surrendered.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman
Had my husband, to your knowledge, a reason for absconding suddenly?
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866 Various
absconding has been punished with various degrees of severity.
The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) John West
absconding cashiers will, in future, therefore have to be remarkably circumspect in their choice of foreign residence.
The Strand Magazine, Volume XXVII, Issue 160, April, 1904 Various
Any one who had come aboard might have supposed we were all absconding from the law.
Essays of Travel Robert Louis Stevenson
His excuse for absconding was that many of those who would be the principal witnesses were his personal enemies.
The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2 Arthur Griffiths
In the meantime, by the fact of absconding he was in contempt of court.
The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
I am much surprised at his absconding, as he had nothing but a spade to go off with.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 14, Issue 402, Supplementary Number (1829) Various
(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.
abscopal abscopal ab·sco·pal (āb-skō’pəl, -skŏp’əl) adj. Of or relating to the remote effect that irradiation of tissue has on nonirradiated tissue.
- Abscopal effect
abscopal effect abscopal effect n. A reaction produced following irradiation but occurring outside the zone of actual radiation absorption.
. Contemporary Examples One person who wasn’t impressed by Prince Andrew’s abseil down the Shard: writer Grace Dent. Underwhelmed by Andy Tom Sykes September 5, 2012 verb (intransitive) (mountaineering) to descend a steep slope or vertical drop by a rope secured from above and coiled around one’s body or through karabiners attached to one’s body […]
state of being away or not being present: I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records. period of being away: an absence of several weeks. failure to attend or appear when expected. lack; deficiency: the absence of proof. inattentiveness; preoccupation; absent-mindedness: absence of mind. Contemporary Examples In the absence […]