a soldier or draftee who leaves or runs away from service or duty with the intention of never returning: Deserters from the rebel army tell of low morale among its remaining fighters.
a person who fails to uphold a cause or who abandons someone else, especially in violation of a promise or obligation: Some of those remaining in the home country view emigrants living abroad as deserters from their mother culture.A family deserter is one who can but will not support a spouse or dependents.
- pre·de·sert·er, noun
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How to use deserter in a sentence
The temperature has hit the mid-80s, and the desert is squeezing hydration from our bodies.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other | John Briley | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Shafer Canyon Road rises from the Utah desert like a coiled snake, six switchbacks and 1,200 vertical feet of sandy, sunbaked malice poised between us and lunch, beers and one final killer view.On mountain bikes in the Utah desert, a college reunion like no other | John Briley | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Kyler Murray’s heave through the desert sky and into DeAndre Hopkins’s padlock-strength hands was an unbelievable play that, with perspective, only grows in its improbability.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West | Mark Maske | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
It won’t be widely flown for several months as airlines must first train pilots, inspect jets emerging from long desert sojourns and complete the FAA-mandated repairs.FAA gives Boeing 737 Max the green light to fly again, shares soar | kdunn6 | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
Instead, he’s more like an oasis in the desert, there to give Ayton and Booker the fuel they need to reach another level — and, if all goes according to plan, help take the Suns back to the playoffs in the process.Chris Paul Helped Blake Griffin Shine. Can He Do The Same For Deandre Ayton? | Jared Dubin | November 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The last deserter to be executed had been during the Civil War.
Somebody on Twitter made a big deal out of the fact that I put the word “deserter” in quotes.
People can believe he is a deserter all they want, and maybe he is.
Republicans are hitting the pipe big time on the ‘deserter’—and their creepy bottom line is that he should have been left to die.
And that the truth is: Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night | Nathan Bradley Bethea | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The wife must live with him, and a refusal on her part to live in the home provided by him would constitute her a deserter.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
As a line beneath the title explains, the tale concerns a matrimonial deserter.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
When the captain was told what had taken place, he saw that the British were trying to make trouble about the Irish deserter.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
For that very night a British sailor came on board the Constitution, who said he was a deserter from the Havana.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
A deserter piloted the detachment safely over the torpedoes which had been planted in front of them.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.