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.