defection

noun de·fec·tion \ di-ˈfek-shən \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

Definition of defection

: conscious abandonment of allegiance or duty (as to a person, cause, or doctrine) : desertion

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Origin and Etymology of defection

borrowed from Latin dēfectiōn-, dēfectiō "falling short, failure, abandonment of allegiance," from dēficere "to be lacking, fail, become disaffected, go over (to the side of an opponent)" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at deficient



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