One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Flight, disappearance, or escape, especially from custody; an instance of this.
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). Partly from post-classical Latin absconsion-, absconsio refuge (Vulgate), act of concealing, act of concealing oneself, and partly from its elements classical Latin abscons-, alternative past participial stem of abscondere abscond + -ion.
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