defector

[ dih-fek-ter ]
/ dɪˈfɛk tər /

noun

a person who defects from a cause, country, alliance, etc.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM defector

non·de·fec·tor, nounre·de·fec·tor, noun
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