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

Definition of defection in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • 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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