Definition of defection in English:

defection

Syllabification: de·fec·tion
Pronunciation: /diˈfekSHən
 
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noun

The desertion of one’s country or cause in favor of an opposing one: his defection from the Republican Party 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.
Synonyms
desertion, absconding, decamping, flight; apostasy, secession; treason, betrayal, disloyalty
literary perfidy

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