absence


absence
absence (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. absence (14c.), from L. absentia, noun of state from absentem (nom. absens), prp. of abesse "be away from, be absent," from ab- "away" (see AB- (Cf. ab-)) + esse "to be" (see ESSENCE (Cf. essence)).
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
[Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839) "Isle of Beauty"]

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  • absence — [ apsɑ̃s ] n. f. • XIIIe; lat. absentia 1 ♦ Le fait de n être pas dans un lieu où l on pourrait, où l on devrait être. On a remarqué l absence de Monsieur X dans, (à) cette réunion. Nous avons regretté votre absence. Loc. Briller par son absence …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • absence — ab‧sence [ˈæbsns] noun [countable, uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES when a person is not at work, for example because they are ill: • Evelyn took charge in his absence. • The work of the department suffered because of her frequent absences. ˌleave… …   Financial and business terms

  • absence — I (nonattendance) noun abandonment, absentia, abstention, avoidance, defection, desertion, nonappearance, nonpresence, removal, truancy, withdrawal associated concepts: absence from the state, absent creditors, absent debtor, absent defendant,… …   Law dictionary

  • absence — Absence. s. f. Eloignement d une personne qui n est point dans le lieu de sa residence ordinaire. Longue, courte absence. élégie sur une absence. en mon absence. Il se dit aussi du deffaut de presence d une personne qui ne se trouve pas à une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Absence — Ab sence, n. [F., fr. L. absentia. See {Absent}.] 1. A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; opposed to {presence}. [1913 Webster] Not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence. Phil. ii. 12. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • absence — ► NOUN 1) the state of being away from a place or person. 2) (absence of) the non existence or lack of. ● absence makes the heart grow fonder Cf. ↑absence makes the heart grow fonder …   English terms dictionary

  • absence — Absence, f. penac. Absentia. Absence legitime, Absentia iusta et causaria. En nostre absence, Absentibus nobis, vel absente nobis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • absence — [n1] state of not being present absenteeism, AWOL*, cut*, French leave*, hooky*, nonappearance, nonattendance, no show*, truancy, vacancy; concept 746 Ant. existence, presence absence [n2] state of lacking something needed or usual dearth,… …   New thesaurus

  • absence — [ab′səns] n. [ME < OFr < L absentia: see ABSENT] 1. the condition of being absent, or away 2. the time of being away 3. the fact of being without; lack [in the absence of evidence] 4. inattentiveness …   English World dictionary

  • Absence — (fr., spr. Abfangs), Abwesenheit; A. d esprit (fr., spr. A. d Espri), Geistesabwesenheit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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