(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
State of being away
1. (not being here) absence, nonresidence, noninhabitance, non-presence, nonattendance, absenteeism, truancy, hooky, family leave; French leave; nonexistence.
2. (lack of contents) emptiness, void, vacuum, vacuity, vacancy; blank, clean slate; aching void. See space, insubstantiality.
3. (one who is not present) absentee, truant; missing person, MIA; absentee landlord or owner. Informal, no-show.
4. (phrases) nobody present, not a soul, nary a soul, nobody under the sun, nary a one, no one, no man, never a one.
5. lack (See insufficiency).
Verbs — be absent, absent oneself, stay or keep away, keep out of the way, play truant, play hooky, take French leave, go AWOL, absent oneself without [official] leave; slip away (See escape); keep or hold aloof; withdraw, vacate (See departure). Informal, not show up, make oneself scarce. Slang, cut [out].
1. (not present) absent, nonattendant, not present, away, nonresident, missing, missing in action, lost, wanting, omitted, nowhere to be found, out of sight, gone, lacking, away from home, truant, absent without [official] leave, AWOL; abroad, oversea[s], on vacation; gone with the wind. Informal, minus.
2. (having no contents) empty, vacant, void, vacuous, untenanted, unoccupied, uninhabited, tenantless; devoid, bare, hollow, blank.
Adverbs — nowhere; elsewhere; neither here nor there, neither hide nor hair; somewhere else, not here. Dial., nowheres.
Prepositions — in absentia, without, less, minus, sans; wanting (See insufficiency).
Phrases — absence makes the heart grow fonder; out of sight, out of mind; when the cat's away, the mice will play; absence is the mother of disillusion; a little absence does much good; nature abhors a vacuum.
Antonyms, See presence.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The state of being elsewhere]
Syn. truancy, nonattendance, nonappearance, nonresidence, nonexistence, loss, vacancy, inattentiveness, absenteeism, cut*, hooky*.
Ant. presence, appearance*, attendance.
2. [The state of lacking something]
Syn. deficiency, need, lack, inadequacy; see lack 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. nonattendance AWOL, nonappearance, truancy.
2. lacking dearth, need, want, privation, void, vacuum.
ANT.: 1. attendance, presence. 2. fulfillment, abundance
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Failure to be present: nonattendance. Law: nonappearance. See ABSENCE. 2. The condition of lacking a needed or usual amount: dearth, lack, want. See EXCESS.

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