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Today's Word "abscond"

To depart secretly on

Published in Vocabulary

abscond \ab-SKOND\ (intransitive verb) - To depart secretly; to steal away and hide oneself -- used especially of persons who withdraw to avoid arrest or prosecution.

"They abscond with millions, yes? They abscond with millions, and before the police can intercede, they have passed it out in the slums." -- Stephen Hunter, 'Havana'

Abscond comes from Latin abscondere, "to conceal," from ab-, abs-, "away" + condere, "to put, to place."

 

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