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desertion

Line breaks: de¦ser|tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzəːʃn
 
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Definition of desertion in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The action of deserting a person, cause, or organization: her guilt over her desertion of her husband
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
betrayal, neglect, shunning;
relinquishment, renunciation
defection, reneging, betrayal;
apostasy
absconding, running away, decamping, flight, fleeing, flying, bolting, turning tail, truancy, going absent without leave, taking French leave, departure, escape, dereliction;
defection, treason, betrayal, cowardice
informal going AWOL
1.1 Military The action of illegally leaving the armed forces: three officers were shot for desertion [count noun]: 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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