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defector

[dih-fek-ter] /dɪˈfɛk tər/
noun
1.
a person who defects from a cause, country, alliance, etc.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin dēfector renegade, rebel, equivalent to dēfec- (variant stem of dēficere to become disaffected, revolt, literally, to fail; see defect) + -tor -tor
Related forms
nondefector, noun
redefector, noun
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Examples for defector
  • Federal investigators feared that the defector might have been punished or killed.
  • It is true that a defector is not necessarily a great prize in terms of what he can give.
Word Origin and History for defector
defector
1660s, from L. defector "revolter," agent noun from deficere (see deficient).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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