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defection

[dih-fek-shuhn]
noun
1.
desertion from allegiance, loyalty, duty, or the like; apostasy: His defection to East Germany was regarded as treasonable.
2.
failure; lack; loss: He was overcome by a sudden defection of courage.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin dēfectiōn- (stem of dēfectiō), equivalent to dēfect(us) (see defect) + -iōn- -ion

nondefection, noun
redefection, noun


1. loyalty.
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defection (dɪˈfɛkʃən)
 
n
1.  the act or an instance of defecting
2.  abandonment of duty, allegiance, principles, etc; backsliding
3.  defect another word for defect

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defection
1540s, "action of failing;" 1550s, "action of deserting a party, leader, etc." from L. defectionem "desertion, revolt, failure," noun of action from deficere (see deficient). Originally of faith.
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