Definition of desertion in English:


Syllabification: de·ser·tion
Pronunciation: /dəˈzərSHən


  • 1The action of deserting a person, cause, or organization: her mother 's desertion of her family
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    • 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.
    abandonment, leaving, jiltingdefection; betrayal, renunciation, repudiation, apostasy
    formal abjuration
    absconding, running away, truancy, going absent without leave, taking French leave, escape; defection, treason
    informal disappearing act
    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
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    • 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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