[ dih-fek-ter ]
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  1. a person who defects from a cause, country, alliance, etc.

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, noun
  • re·de·fec·tor, noun

Words Nearby defector Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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