Abandonment is the act of getting rid of something. It’s how dogs become stray and children become orphaned. If abandonment is your greatest fear in life, make sure to surround yourself with loyal friends and treat them kindly.

Abandonment, a noun meaning "relinquishment," stems from the French abandonnement and was first recorded in the early 17th century. "Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes," said Victor Hugo. He treats a person's survival of abandonment with the utmost respect, perhaps more than that accorded survival of war or other more obvious trials.

Definitions of abandonment
  1. noun
    the act of giving something up
    synonyms: desertion, forsaking
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    abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
    apostasy, tergiversation
    the act of abandoning a party or cause
    a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
    type of:
    the act of rejecting something
  2. noun
    the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
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    discard, throwing away
    getting rid something that is regarded as useless or undesirable
    (cards) the act of throwing out a useless card or of failing to follow suit
    getting rid of a stage of a multistage rocket
    type of:
    disposal, disposition
    the act or means of getting rid of something
  3. noun
    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
    “his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless”
    synonyms: defection, desertion
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    abscondment, decampment
    the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
    absence without leave, unauthorized absence
    unauthorized military absence
    ideological defection from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
    type of:
    the act of withdrawing
  4. noun
    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    synonyms: abandon, unconstraint, wantonness
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    type of:
    the quality of lacking restraint
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