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defection

[ dih-fek-shuhn ]
/ dɪˈfɛk ʃən /
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noun
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.
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Origin of defection

1535–45; <Latin dēfectiōn- (stem of dēfectiō), equivalent to dēfect(us) (see defect) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM defection

non·de·fec·tion, nounre·de·fec·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for defection

defection
/ (dɪˈfɛkʃən) /

noun
the act or an instance of defecting
abandonment of duty, allegiance, principles, etc; backsliding
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