abscond (v.)

"depart suddenly and secretly," especially to escape debt or the law, 1560s, from Middle French abscondre "to hide" and directly from Latin abscondere "to hide, conceal, put out of sight," from assimilated form of ab "off, away from" (see ab-) + condere "put together, store," from assimilated form of com- "together" (see com-) + -dere "put," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, place." Related: Absconded; absconder; absconding.

Origin and meaning of abscond

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