Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I was doing some writing today, and during the final editing process I came across a typo: I had misspelled "absent" as "abscent". I couldn't help but think of the word abscond. I wonder if it's true that the only etymological relation "absent" and "abscond" share is the latin ab(s)- (And I guess my bigger question is whether or not that is even the case)? Any insight would be welcome, even if this is kind of a silly question. Thanks!

share|improve this question

closed as general reference by MετάEd, Kris, Andrew Leach, aedia λ, FumbleFingers Jun 5 '13 at 18:41

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1  
ab = away. "ab away, down, from, off -- absent, abduction, aberrant, abstemious, abnormal, abstract, absorb virtualsalt.com/roots.htm –  Kris Jun 5 '13 at 6:19
    
See also, en.wiktionary.org/wiki/abs- –  Kris Jun 5 '13 at 6:20

1 Answer 1

The online Oxford Dictionary gives no connection between these two words (absent / abscond) other than the Latin ab(s)- meaning 'away, from'. The origin of absent is abesse (-esse = 'to be'), while the origin of abscond is abscondere (-condere = 'stow').

So we have:

absent = be away/from

abscond = stow (or hide) away/from

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.