Abscond Definition

absconded, absconding, absconds
absconded, absconding, absconds
To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
American Heritage
To go away hastily and secretly; run away and hide, esp. in order to escape the law.
Webster's New World
To secretly or suddenly leave a place or to go into hiding, especially to avoid arrest, prosecution, the service of a summons or other legal process, or an action by a creditor.
Webster's New World Law
To leave a location, often in a hurry, with money or property of another.
Webster's New World Law

(intransitive, reflexive, archaic) To hide, to be in hiding or concealment.


Origin of Abscond

  • Latin abscondere to hide abs-, ab- away ab–1 condere to put dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Cognate with sconce (“a type of light fixture”).

    From Wiktionary

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