(Today state media reported that Wang has been indicted on charges of defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking).
A leader in the movement, Picciolini was able to frame his defection as a retirement.
At CPAC, it was hard to find any declarations of defection or desertion should Romney win selection as GOP general-in-chief.
1540s, "action of failing;" 1550s, "action of deserting a party, leader, etc." from Latin defectionem (nominative defectio) "desertion, revolt, failure," noun of action from past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). Originally used often of faith.