- desertion from allegiance, loyalty, duty, or the like; apostasy: His defection to East Germany was regarded as treasonable.
- failure; lack; loss: He was overcome by a sudden defection of courage.
Origin of defection
Examples from the Web for defection
At the time of his defection, he felt a strong need to get out of Cuba, and accomplished just that.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
But Habib has yet to appear publicly, and Syrian state media denied the defection, insisting that Habib was still at home.Fearful of a U.S. Strike, Defectors Flee the Syrian Army
September 5, 2013
A leader in the movement, Picciolini was able to frame his defection as a retirement.Derek Black, the Reluctant Racist, and His Exit From White Nationalism
July 29, 2013
Kristol's defection from the pro-plutocracy wing of the GOP is an interesting indicator that, yes, change is in the air.Rejecting the Journal's Plutocratic Tax Advice
December 10, 2012
That defection sparked a massive political crisis the party has desperately wanted to resolve before the leadership transition.Communist Party Expels Bo Xilai, Who Now Faces Trial
September 28, 2012
Who would have returned as you have returned to advise me of the defection of my grooms?The Shame of Motley
Not only by defection of our own, but by the force of arms of another.Love-at-Arms
The defection of his old instructor in wood-lore disturbed him.The Vagrant Duke
He thought not; indeed, she did not seem to retain any memory of his defection.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
What would make their defection more certain was the irregularity of pay.The Siege of Boston
Word Origin and History for defection
1540s, "action of failing;" 1550s, "action of deserting a party, leader, etc." from Latin defectionem (nominative defectio) "desertion, revolt, failure," noun of action from past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). Originally used often of faith.