Abscond vs Depart - What's the difference?

abscond | depart |

As verbs the difference between abscond and depart

is that abscond is (intransitive|reflexive|archaic) to hide, to be in hiding or concealment while depart is third-person singular indicative present of .

As a noun depart is

departure, start.




(en verb)
  • (intransitive, reflexive, archaic) To hide, to be in hiding or concealment.
  • * 1691-1735 , (John Ray), The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation [http://books.google.com/books?id=rRI5AAAAcAAJ&pg=PA300&dq=intitle:works+of+creation+inauthor:ray&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mpnNUZHMJ4Pu0gGZo4GICw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAA#v=snippet&q=absconds&f=false]
  • the Marmotto , live upon its own Fat.
  • (reflexive) To flee, often secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution.
  • * 1848 , (Thomas Babington Macaulay), , Ch. 13
  • ... that very homesickness which, in regular armies, drives so many recruits to abscond at the risk of stripes and of death.
  • * 1911 , (Ambrose Bierce), (w, The Devil's Dictionary)
  • Spring beckons! All things to the call respond;
    The trees are leaving and cashiers abscond .
  • To withdraw from.
  • * 2006 , Richard Rojcewicz, The Gods And Technology: A Reading Of Heidegger , ISBN 0791482308.
  • Modern technology accompanies the absconding of the original attitude.
  • * 2009 , Sonia Brill, Relationships Without Anger , ISBN 144902789X.
  • You cannot abscond from the responsibility both you and your partner owe to this event, and that includes dealing with anger issues and any other emotional issues that come with it.
  • (obsolete) To conceal; to take away.
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  • (label) To evade, to hide or flee from.
  • The captain absconded his responsibility
  • * 2006 , Aldo E. Chircop, Olof Lindén, Places of Refuge for Ships , ISBN 900414952X.
  • If the distress situation is solved succesfully, the anonymous shipowner will reap the commercial benefit, if the situation ends in disaster, the shipowner will hide behind an anonymous post box in a foreign country and will abscond responsibility.
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    (en verb)
  • To leave.
  • *Shakespeare
  • *:He which hath no stomach to this fight, / Let him depart .
  • *2009 , George Monbiot, The Guardian , 7 September:
  • *:The government maintains that if its regulations are too stiff, British bankers will leave the country. It's true that they have been threatening to depart in droves, but the obvious answer is: "Sod off then."
  • To set out on a journey.
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  • *:And soo she receyued hym vpon suffysaunt seurte / so alle her hurtes were wel restored of al that she coude complayne / and thenne he departed vnto the Courte of kyne Arthur / and there openly the reed knyghte of the reed laundes putte hym in the mercy of syre Launcelot and syr Gawayne
  • To die.
  • *Bible, Luke ii. 29:
  • *:Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.
  • To deviate (from).
  • :His latest statements seemed to depart from party policy somewhat.
  • :to depart from a title or defence in legal pleading
  • *Madison
  • *:if the plan of the convention be found to depart from republican principles
  • To go away from; to leave.
  • *Bible, 1 Sam. iv. 2:
  • *:The glory is departed from Israel.
  • *2009 , The Guardian , Sport Blog, 9 September:
  • *:The build-up to Saturday's visit of Macedonia and this encounter with the Dutch could be construed as odd in the sense that there seemed a basic acceptance, inevitability even, that Burley would depart office in their immediate aftermath.
  • (obsolete) To divide up; to distribute, share.
  • *:
  • *:and so all the worlde seythe that betwyxte three knyghtes is departed clerely knyghthode, that is Sir Launcelot du Lake, Sir Trystrams de Lyones and Sir Lamerok de Galys—thes bere now the renowne.
  • (obsolete) To separate, part.
  • *:
  • Syr knyght[,] said the two squyers that were with her[,] yonder are two knyghtes that fyghte for thys lady, goo thyder and departe them.
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • Synonyms

    * (to leave) duck out, go, go away, leave, part, pull up stakes, start, start out, set forth, split, set off, set out, take off, take leave, quit * (to die) die * (to deviate) deviate, digress, diverge, sidetrack, straggle, vary * (to go away from) leave


    * (to leave): arrive, come, stay * (to die): live * (to deviate): conform


  • (obsolete) division; separation, as of compound substances
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The chymists have a liquor called water of depart .
  • (obsolete) A going away; departure.
  • * Shakespeare
  • At my depart for France.