From Latin abscindere, present active infinitive of abscindō (“cut off”), from ab (“from, away from”) + scindō (“cut, rend”).
abscind (third-person singular simple present abscinds, present participle abscinding, simple past and past participle abscinded)
- (transitive, archaic) To cut off. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
(Can we date this quote?), Johnson, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- Two syllables... abscinded from the rest.
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , →ISBN), page 8