Origin of desertion
Examples from the Web for desertion
“I, Pvt. Eddie D. Slovik, 36896415, confess to the desertion of the United States Army…” it began.
A general read aloud the order that Pvt. Eddie Slovik was to be executed for the crime of desertion.
His desertion barely warranted a comment, but he was not hailed as a hero.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
“I believe I am the only colonel in the regular army who was ever court-martialed and convicted of desertion,” he laughed.The U.S. Army's Last Bayonet Charge
October 23, 2012
At CPAC, it was hard to find any declarations of defection or desertion should Romney win selection as GOP general-in-chief.CPAC’s Enthusiastic Crowd Polled for Romney and Cheered for Palin
February 13, 2012
But, talk as he might, in Johnny Rosenfeld's loyal heart there was no thought of desertion.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Should she desert her father, and could that desertion be a virtue?Leila, Complete
Be mine, and wholly mine—or never, never will I survive your desertion!Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The greatest wrong you can inflict upon me will be inflicted by your desertion.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
How many guesses have you made as to the cause of your desertion to-day?'Wilfrid Cumbermede
- the act of deserting or abandoning or the state of being deserted or abandoned
- law wilful abandonment, esp of one's spouse or children, without consent and in breach of obligations
Word Origin and History for desertion
1590s, from Middle French désertion (early 15c.), from Late Latin desertionem (nominative desertio) "a forsaking, abandoning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin deserere (see desert (v.)).