One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who has abandoned their country or cause in favour of an opposing one.‘staff interviewed escapees and defectors to the West’
deserter, turncoat, traitor, rebel, renegade, tergiversator, apostate, recreant, judas, quislingView synonyms
- ‘Will this new promise bring back Tory defectors to the fold?’
- ‘Some officials said there is no choice but to accept the defectors, while others insisted they should be treated like ordinary refugees.’
- ‘Though some defectors were known as unreliable, there were too few independent sources to contradict them.’
- ‘Equally, some of the stories will have been fabricated to please the intelligence agents handling the defectors.’
- ‘Apart from Jenkins, three other defectors are believed to be alive.’
- ‘If he can then coax some defectors from the opposition, he may reach a majority.’
- ‘Each prisoner or defector was literally milked for every scrap of information the intelligence community wanted, or needed.’
- ‘The most senior of all the Soviet defectors to the west, Orlov survived into his old age.’
- ‘Successful collusion often takes a third party to regulate the agreement and punish defectors.’
- ‘The press release said the intelligence service also "located, intimidated and killed defectors and dissidents living abroad."’
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