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, 2011

historical examples

he was still on the absconder’s trail, though as yet it had not led him very far.
a prairie courtship harold bindloss

the first stockbridge case had been in connection with an absconder.
whispering wires henry leverage

the law would claim him as an absconder, and would mete out to him such punishment as was fitting.
for the term of his natural life marcus clarke

the first absconder was one juma, who deserted with half a hundredweight of biscuit that night.
in darkest africa, vol. 1; or, the quest, rescue and retreat of emin, governor of equatoria henry morton stanley

and to travel without a p-ssport was to run the risk of being arrested as an absconder.
little journeys to the homes of the great, volume 4 (of 14) elbert hubbard

the absconder is often too inarticulate and ill at ease to give a clear picture of what was in his mind when he went away.
broken homes joanna c. colcord

he was sent to rio de janeiro to bring back an absconder of note.
from place to place irvin s. cobb

(intransitive) to run away secretly, esp from an open inst-tution 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 fact-tious). the notion is of “to hide oneself,” especially to escape debt or the law. related: absconded; absconder; absconding.

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