abscond

verb
ab·​scond | \ ab-ˈskänd How to pronounce abscond (audio) , əb-\
absconded; absconding; absconds

Definition of abscond

intransitive verb

formal
: to depart secretly and hide oneself He absconded with the stolen money.

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Other Words from abscond

absconder noun

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First appearing in English in the 17th century, abscond derives from Latin abscondere, meaning "to hide away," a product of the prefix ab- and condere, a verb meaning "to conceal." (Condere is also the root for recondite, a word meaning "concealed" as well as "hard to understand" or "obscure.") In general usage, abscond refers to any act of running away and hiding (usually from the law and often with funds), but, in legal circles, the word is used specifically when someone who has already become the focus of a legal proceeding hides or takes off in order to evade the legal process (as in "absconded from parole").

Examples of abscond in a Sentence

The suspect absconded to Canada. Several prisoners absconded from the jail.

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The murder defendant who absconded in the middle of his trial last fall couldn't even get sentenced without another strange wrinkle to his case. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mother gives powerful statement of pain and redemption at sentencing of son's killer," 12 Jan. 2018 That was because of Georges Cardona, Tan’s 40-something American film teacher, who signed on to direct Shirkers, then absconded with all 70 reels of footage, vanishing into thin air. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Sandi Tan’s Shirkers May Be the Year’s Most Compelling Grifter Story," 15 Oct. 2018 As teenagers in 1992, Sandi Tan and her friends Jasmine and Sophie made Singapore’s first indie movie, a scripted film called Shirkers — and then their American mentor absconded with the footage. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 11 best documentaries of 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 Royal fans will remember that, mere days after the royal wedding, Harry and Meghan attended a Buckingham Palace garden party honoring Prince Charles, instead of absconding on their honeymoon. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Will Skip Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Celebrations," 16 Sep. 2018 On that March 26 evening when Swanson and Bishop were at the Hay-Adams, a customer was accused of absconding on a $500 bar bill of wine and oysters by signing a check to an empty room. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "A stolen shot of $1,200 whiskey just the start of man’s bar travels across the District, police say," 29 Mar. 2018 The lawsuit against California, the mayor of Oakland warning the immigrants of the raids, 800 absconded. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The radical takeover of California," 8 Mar. 2018 His father, who was convicted and placed on probation, has since absconded and is currently a fugitive. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s just a doer’: Meet Seattle police-chief candidate Ely Reyes," 9 July 2018 Daniel Isaiah Norris was also a wanted man, sought by the Idaho Department of Correction for absconding on parole. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Meridian officer, chasing fugitive alone, didn't know who he'd shot until it was over," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of abscond

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abscond

borrowed from Latin abscondere "to conceal, hide," from abs- (variant of ab- ab- before c- and t-) + condere "to put, store up, put away, conceal" — more at recondite

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ab·​scond | \ ab-ˈskänd, əb- How to pronounce abscond (audio) \

Legal Definition of abscond

: to depart secretly : withdraw and hide oneself specifically : to evade the legal process of a court by hiding within or secretly leaving its jurisdiction absconded with the funds abscond from New York abscond to Canada

Other Words from abscond

absconder noun

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