Definition of abscond
: to depart secretly and hide oneself He absconded with the stolen money.
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Examples of abscond in a Sentence
The suspect absconded to Canada.
Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
Recent Examples of abscond from the Web
Chee layers his narrative with images of the Second French Empire, all glitz and gaudy excess, that parallel Lilliet’s reinvention of herself as a French operatic diva, after absconding America and moving across the Atlantic.
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First appearing in English in the 16th 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").
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
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