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Meaning of DEFECTION

Pronunciation:  di'fekshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
  2. [n]  the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)

DEFECTION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abandonment, apostasy, desertion, renunciation
 See Also: abscondment, absence without leave, decampment, deviationism, rejection, unauthorized absence, withdrawal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*fec"tion\, n. [L. defectio: cf. F. d['e]fection.
See {Defect}.]
Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by
allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself;
desertion; failure in duty; a falling away; apostasy;
backsliding. ``Defection and falling away from God.'' --Sir
W. Raleigh.

      The general defection of the whole realm. --Sir J.

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