• WordNet 3.6
    • n abscondment the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.”


In literature:

I am not trying to frighten you; but what sort of mercy would a judge show to the craven who absconded before the battle began?
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
The one fact was there: her husband had absconded.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
He formed one of the second party who absconded from Macquarie Harbour (1822).
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Punishment for their act of absconding was deferred till Lady Carse's errand should be finished.
"The Billow and the Rock" by Harriet Martineau
I was glad that he escaped, on account of his kindness to sweet Katty and Jack, though I suspect that he was an absconding debtor.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Shakespeare avenged himself by proceeding against one Thomas Horneby, who had acted as the absconding debtor's bail.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
A road was opened with Launceston, chiefly useful to absconders.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
I will tell you all that has passed since I absconded, when we are at Lady de Clare's: one story will do for all.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
He certainly would not have absconded with the slave, for he had left valuable property behind him.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
To convert the District into free territory would offer a direct invitation to our slaves to abscond and go into the District.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden

In poetry:

Fantastic grow the evening gowns;
Agents of the Fisc pursue
Absconding tax-defaulters through
The sewers of provincial towns.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden
The Bar Versus The Docket.
This action was brought to get cash from the pocket
Of a debtor absconding and absent, called Docket—
For damage sustained by the Bar, through the laches Of him by whose means the said Bar cut their dashes.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Warriors May Abscond to San Francisco.
BCSO asks for public's assistance in locating absconder .
Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Parole absconder arrested in Summit Township.
On Friday, Lars von Trier's critically divisive, Cannes-booed Antichrist — about a husband and wife who abscond to a cabin in the woods to mourn the death of their son and lose their genitals — finally arrives in theaters.
Six of the eight family members in the business are facing criminal charges or are absconding.
Virginia Beach absconding with the.
Mother allegedly absconds to Central America with couple's daughter.
BATON ROUGE, LA — Two youth absconded Tuesday night from Jetson City Center for Youth (JCY).
Its warm, resonant acoustics have mocked the absconding orchestra ever since.
Police halted a train late Friday night to intercept a California man accused of absconding with a 13-year-old Long Island girl he met on the Internet.
A masked person opened fire inside a grocery store Sunday morning, shattering windows and absconding with cash.
A reggae musician wanted in absconding with his two children to avoid child abuse charges in California was captured Tuesday morning in Philadelphia's Kensington section.
Three unknown assailants satisfied their craving for Chinese food by punching a delivery driver in the face and absconding with the takeout Tuesday night.
Sean Owen O'Neill Jr, the Chester County man who absconded after violating the terms of his parole on a DUI charge, has fled to Ireland, county authorities said Wednesday.
A parole absconder who twice kicked out the windows of police cruisers -- escaping once -- and lied about being a bridegroom fresh from his wedding reception has been sentenced to prison.