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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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  • 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
n.

1660s, agent noun in Latin form from defect, or else from Latin defector "revolter," agent noun from deficere (see deficient).

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