Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Decline; disappearance; destruction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Act of wasting away; a consuming; extinction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete Gradual destruction or disintegration; wasting away.

Etymologies

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From Latin absumptionem. Compare absume.

Examples

  • Christians abhorred this way of obsequies, and though they sticked not to give their bodies to be burnt in their lives, detested that mode after death: affecting rather a depositure than absumption, and properly submitting unto the sentence of God, to return not unto ashes but unto dust again, and conformable unto the practice of the patriarchs, the interment of our Saviour, of Peter,

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • Health of Man, unless the Disease be Mortal, from a deficiency of Nature, or from the putrefaction of some noble internal part hurt, or by reason of a total absumption of the radical humidity in which desperate Cases, no Galenick Cure, or Paracelsick

    The Golden Calf, Which the World Adores, and Desires

  • Christians abhorred this way of obsequies, and though they sticked not to give their bodies to be burnt in their lives, detested that mode after death: affecting rather a depositure than absumption, and properly submitting unto the sentence of God, to return not unto ashes but unto dust again, and conformable unto the practice of the patriarchs, the interment of our Saviour, of Peter, Paul, and the ancient martyrs.

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

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