defector

[dih-fek-ter] /dɪˈfɛk tər/
noun
1.
a person who defects from a cause, country, alliance, etc.
Origin
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
Example Sentences 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.
British Dictionary definitions for defector
defect
 
n
1.  a lack of something necessary for completeness or perfection; shortcoming; deficiency
2.  an imperfection, failing, or blemish
3.  crystallog point defect See also dislocation a local deviation from regularity in the crystal lattice of a solid
 
vb
4.  (intr) to desert one's country, cause, allegiance, etc, esp in order to join the opposing forces
 
[C15: from Latin dēfectus, from dēficere to forsake, fail; see deficient]
 
de'fector
 
n

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defector
1660s, from L. defector "revolter," agent noun from deficere (see deficient).
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