desertion

[dih-zur-shuhn]
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:
1585–95; < Late Latin dēsertiōn- (stem of dēsertiō) < Latin dēsert(us) (see desert1) + -iōn- -ion

predesertion, noun
self-desertion, noun
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desertion (dɪˈzɜːʃən)
 
n
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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desertion
1590s, from Fr. désertion (early 15c.), from L. desertionem, noun of action from deserere (see desert (v.)).
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