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abs-cēdo, cessi, cessum, 3, v. n. (sync. abscēssem = abscessissem, Sil. 8, 109), to go off or away, to depart.

I. Lit.

A. In gen.: abscede hinc, sis, sycophanta, Plaut. Poen. 1, 2, 162: meo e conspectu, id. Capt. 2, 3, 74: numquam senator a curiā abscessit aut populus e foro, Liv. 27, 50, 4; so, a corpore (mortui), Tac. A. 1, 7; cf. id. ib. 3, 5: ut abscesserit inde (i. e. e castris) dictator, Liv. 22, 25, 9: illorum navis longe in altum abscesserat, Plaut. Rud. prol. 66.

B. In partic.

1. Milit. t. t., to march off, to depart, retire: non prius Thebani Spartā abscessissent quam, etc., Nep. Iphicr. 2 fin.: longius ab urbe hostium, Liv. 3, 8, 8; cf.: a moenibus Alexandriae, id. 44, 19, 11.—Absol.: si urgemus obsessos, si non ante abscedimus quam, etc., Liv. 5, 4, 10; so Nep. Epam. 9.—Impers.: abscedi ab hoste, Liv. 22, 33, 10; cf. id. 27, 4, 1: nec ante abscessum est quam, etc., id. 29, 2, 16; so, a moenibus abscessum est, id. 45, 11, 7: manibus aequis abscessum, Tac. A. 1, 63.

2. To disappear, withdraw, be lost from view: cor (est) in extis: jam abscedet, simul ac, etc., will disappear, Civ. Div. 2, 16 fin.—Poet.: Pallada abscessisse mihi, has withdrawn from me, from my power, Ov. M. 5, 375.—Of stars, to set, Plin. 2, 17, 14, 72 al.

3. Of localities, to retire, recede, retreat: quantum mare abscedebat, retired, Liv. 27, 47 fin.; so in architecture: frontis et laterum abscedentium adumbratio, of the sides in the background, Vitr. 1, 2, 2; so id. 1, 2, 7, praef. 11.

4. With respect to the result, to retire, to escape: abscedere latere tecto, to escape with a whole skin, Ter. Heaut. 4, 2, 5.

II. Fig., to leave off, retire, desist from, constr. with ab, the simple abl., or absol.: labor ille a vobis cito recedet, benefactum a vobis non abscedet (followed by abibit), Cato ap. Gell. 16, 1 fin.; so, cito ab eo haec ira abscedet, Ter. Hec. 5, 2, 15.— With abl. only: haec te abscedat suspicio, Plaut. Ep. 2, 2, 100: abscedere irrito incepto, to desist from, Liv. 20, 7, 1.—Absol.: aegritudo abscesserit, Plaut. Merc. 1, 2, 29; so, somnus, Ov. F. 3, 307: imago, Plin. Ep. 7, 27, 6: ille abscessit (sc. petitione sua), desisted from the action, Tac. A. 2, 34: ne quid abscederet (sc. de hereditate), Suet. Ner. 34; so, semper abscedente usufructu, Dig. 7, 1, 3, 2.