Definition of desertion in English:

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desertion

Pronunciation: /dɪˈzəːʃn/

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.

Words that rhyme with desertion

animadversion, aspersion, assertion, aversion, bioconversion, Cistercian, coercion, conversion, disconcertion, dispersion, diversion, emersion, excursion, exertion, extroversion, immersion, incursion, insertion, interspersion, introversion, Persian, perversion, submersion, subversion, tertian, version
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