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  • n. The act of eloping

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of eloping; secret departure; -- said of a woman and a man, one or both, who run away from their homes for marriage or for cohabitation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A running away; an escape; private or unlicensed departure from the place or station to which one is bound by duty or law: specifically applied to the running away of a woman, married or unmarried, with a lover.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of running away with a lover (usually to get married)


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  • Kalash tribeswomen also have much more social freedom than many of their Pakistani counterparts; for instance, marriage-by-elopement is a custom and a celebration, even involving women who are already married.

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  • Note 12: The elopement is self-explanatory, but the other methods require clarification.

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  • To picture Whiskers-on-the-moon as the hero of an elopement is beyond my power.

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  • Occasionally, people will leave and not return - professionals call it "elopement" - and that can pose added dangers.

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  • At least I had the courage to admit the elopement was a mistake.

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  • The day that the elopement was the talk of the town, Colonel

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  • Yes, if it once went too far the elopement was a certainty.

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  • From Father Garbennetti, the new cure of San Vito, I learned the truth of that miscalled elopement of the late Duchess of Hereward.

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  • Health-care officials call it "elopement against medical advice" and a common occurrence at psychiatric facilities around the world.

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  • "Scientists are also not sure why dementia often leads to roaming. But there is this sobering statistic from the Alzheimer's Association: About 50 percent of people who wander will suffer serious injury or death if they are not found within 24 hours.

    Robert Koester (rhymes with chester) is the former president of the Virginia Search and Rescue Council and author of Lost Person Behavior: A Search and Rescue Guide on Where to Look — for Land, Air, and Water. One of Koester's specialties is people with dementia. With the mild cases, he says, dementia-driven wanderers are returning to what they did 15 or 20 years earlier. If they were farmers, they head for "the fields." If they were homemakers, they need to "pick up the kids."

    In the moderate to severe cases, Koester says, the pattern is more random. Many patients seem to respond to circadian rhythms. At the end of the day and in the evening, there is the "sundowning" phenomenon, during which people exhibit all sorts of difficult behavior, Koester says, such as anger and stubbornness.

    Occasionally, people will leave and not return — professionals call it "elopement" — and that can pose added dangers. Most people are found. It may be in a closet. Or at the end of a suburban street. Or in the mud, in thick woods, near a lake."

    - From The Mysteries of Dementia-Driven Wandering by Linton Weeks

    June 10, 2010