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[mass noun] The desertion of one's country or cause in favour of an opposing one.‘his defection from the Labour Party’[count noun] ‘a number of defections by leading ballet dancers’
desertion, absconding, decamping, flightchanging allegiances, changing sides, apostasy, recantation, secessiontreason, betrayal, disloyalty, rebellion, mutiny, perfidytergiversation, recreancyView synonyms
- ‘One defection from the government dissolved Temaru's majority and the censure motions passed by a single vote.’
- ‘The amnesty was offered after Ieng Sary led a mass defection of thousands of Khmer Rouge forces to the government.’
- ‘Moreover, her defection from the Democrats occurred soon after the failure of the coalition proposal.’
- ‘A single additional defection could mean losing a vote of no confidence, leading to early elections.’
- ‘The costs of defection, for its weaker participants, would assuredly be higher than are the costs of continued compliance.’
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