One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action or an act of absconding; (a) concealment, seclusion; (b) removal to a place of concealment or hiding; flight, especially from creditors, arrest, etc.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Phillips (b. 1630), writer and biographer. From abscond or its etymon classical Latin abscondere + -ence.
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