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desertion

[dih-zur-shuh n] /dɪˈzɜr ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of deserting or the state of being deserted.
2.
Law. willful abandonment, especially of one's spouse without consent, in violation of legal or moral obligations.
3.
an act of leaving military service or duty without the intention of returning.
Compare AWOL.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Late Latin dēsertiōn- (stem of dēsertiō) < Latin dēsert(us) (see desert1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
predesertion, noun
self-desertion, noun
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  • Depleted by casualties and desertions, the military suffered chronic manpower shortages.
British Dictionary definitions for desertions

desertion

/dɪˈzɜːʃən/
noun
1.
the act of deserting or abandoning or the state of being deserted or abandoned
2.
(law) wilful abandonment, esp of one's spouse or children, without consent and in breach of obligations
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Word Origin and History for desertions

desertion

n.

1590s, from Middle French désertion (early 15c.), from Late Latin desertionem (nominative desertio) "a forsaking, abandoning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin deserere (see desert (v.)).

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