Definition of Defection

1. Noun. Withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility. "His abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"

Exact synonyms: Abandonment, Desertion
Generic synonyms: Withdrawal
Specialized synonyms: Abscondment, Decampment, Absence Without Leave, Unauthorized Absence, Deviationism
Derivative terms: Abandon, Defect, Desert

2. Noun. The state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes).
Exact synonyms: Apostasy, Renunciation
Generic synonyms: Rejection
Derivative terms: Defect

Definition of Defection

1. n. Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away; apostasy; backsliding.

Definition of Defection

1. Noun. an act or incidence of defecting ¹

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Definition of Defection

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Defection

defecation reflex
defect of speech
defection (current term)
defective bacteriophage
defective interfering particle
defective number
defective numbers
defective on arrival
defective organism
defective phage
defective pleading
defective probacteriophage

Literary usage of Defection

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1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"defection is a general, revolt л specific term, that is, ... defection is applicable to any person or thing to which we are bound by any obligation ; revolt ..."

2. The History of the Restoration of Monarchy in France by Alphonse de Lamartine (1872)
"His arrival at Lille—defection of the Garrison—The ... defection of the Garrison of Blaye—Interview between General Clausel aml M. de Martignac—Capitulation ..."

3. The Works of John Owen by John Owen (1826)
"These are some of the general principles of that defection which is in the world from the mystery and truth of the gospel, with the reasons and causes of ..."

4. History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott (1873)
"CHAPTER TIL defection of Olid.—Dreadful march to Honduras. ... defection. But no sooner was he satisfied of this than he despatched to Honduras a trusty ..."

5. History of the Conquest of Mexico: With a Preliminary View of the Ancient by William Hickling Prescott (1886)
"defection OF OLID.—DREADFUL MARCH TO HONDURAS. ... defection. But no sooner was he satisfied of this, than he despatched to Honduras a trusty captain and ..."

6. The I. W. W.: A Study of American Syndicalism by Paul Frederick Brissenden (1919)
"The WF of M. defection was so intimately connected with other dark troubles which came to light at the second convention that the subject will best be ..."

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