abscond

verb ab·scond \ ab-ˈskänd , əb- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of abscond

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

absconder

noun

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Examples of abscond in a Sentence

  1. The suspect absconded to Canada.

  2. Several prisoners absconded from the jail.

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Did You Know?

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").

Origin and Etymology of 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


Law Dictionary

abscond

intransitive verb ab·scond \ ab-ˈskänd, əb- \

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

absconder

noun


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