de·​sert·​er di-ˈzər-tər How to pronounce deserter (audio)
plural deserters
: a person who deserts
… the deserter of his father in his last days, betrayer of his brother in his captivity …Amy Kelly
especially : a member of a military force who abandons service without leave
a wartime deserter
But now that Anderson has been AWOL for more than 30 days, he is known in the U.S. military as a deserter, facing the possibility of years in jail. Daniel Eisenberg
At a prison camp for German army deserters, Herold ordered the execution of more than 100 soldiers. Michael Phillips

Word History

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deserter was in 1631

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“Deserter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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