defector

[dih-fek-ter]
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Origin of defector

1655–65; < Latin dēfector renegade, rebel, equivalent to dēfec- (variant stem of dēficere to become disaffected, revolt, literally, to fail; see defect) + -tor -tor
Related formsnon·de·fec·tor, nounre·de·fec·tor, noun
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Word Origin and History for defector
n.

1660s, agent noun in Latin form from defect, or else from Latin defector "revolter," agent noun from deficere (see deficient).

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