Definition of defection in English:


Line breaks: de|fec¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɛkʃn


[mass noun]
  • The desertion of one’s country or cause in favour of an opposing one: his defection from the Labour Party [count noun]: a number of defections by leading ballet dancers
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    • The costs of defection, for its weaker participants, would assuredly be higher than are the costs of continued compliance.
    • The amnesty was offered after Ieng Sary led a mass defection of thousands of Khmer Rouge forces to the government.
    • A single additional defection could mean losing a vote of no confidence, leading to early elections.
    desertion, absconding, decamping, flight; changing sides/allegiances, apostasy, recantation, secession; treason, betrayal, disloyalty, rebellion, mutiny, perfidy

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