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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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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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