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desertion

Syllabification: de·ser·tion
Pronunciation: /dəˈzərSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of desertion in English:

noun

1The action of deserting a person, cause, or organization: her mother 's desertion of her family
More example sentences
  • We confined our trapping to the late stages of incubation to minimize nest desertion due to trapping procedures.
  • Often the socio-economic implications arising out of desertions by the spouse is overlooked by society.
  • Paradoxically, the distrust is further fuelled by the desertion of an assistant counsel on the team last month.
Synonyms
abandonment, leaving, jilting
betrayal, renunciation, repudiation, apostasy
formal abjuration
absconding, running away, truancy, going absent without leave, taking French leave, escape;
defection, treason
Military going AWOL
1.1 Military The action of illegally leaving the armed forces: three officers were shot for desertion the number of desertions was rising
More example sentences
  • According to the CBS News programme 60 Minutes, there have been 5,500 desertions amongst US troops.
  • In 1921 King George V granted him a pardon on the desertion charge.
  • He just finished serving 30 days in jail for his 1965 desertion.

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