from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To consume gradually; to waste away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring to an end by a gradual waste; consume; destroy; cause to disappear. Boyle.
From Latin absūmere, present active infinitive of absūmō ("diminish"); formed from ab ("from, away from") + sūmō ("take"). (Wiktionary)
“I plainly discern,” said Solomon, “the alogy of her temper, which makes her appear even worse than bibacious, and will tend to absume all esteem her relatives may desire to feel towards her.