Definition of deserter in English:



  • A member of the armed forces who deserts.

    ‘deserters from the army’
    • ‘Or they were acting on their own authority, in which case they are the equivalent of mutineers, deserters, or traitors in the field.’
    • ‘He had become a deserter from the U.S. military - a crime punishable by prison, or even death.’
    • ‘Jean may be an army deserter, but he still maintains an air of heroism.’
    • ‘In addition, about half a million Italian deserters had melted into the landscape.’
    • ‘Soldiers are considered deserters when they remain AWOL for more than 30 days.’
    • ‘Considered a deserter by the Red Army, he was convicted of treason.’
    • ‘In the American and British armies deserters were almost always infantrymen.’
    • ‘After 30 days of being AWOL a serviceman is considered a deserter, and a warrant is issued for his arrest.’
    • ‘We cannot deny the fact that many military deserters are known to be potential terrorists and criminals.’
    • ‘The thousands of draft-dodgers and deserters who evaded each call-up showed clearly enough that the army's appeal was far from universal.’
    • ‘There may be thousands of potential deserters fleeing the Army, and they're trying to hide the scandal.’
    • ‘Rather than finding the deserters, the army tends simply to write off the missing soldiers and dismiss them in their absence.’
    • ‘The Indian Army declared him a deserter when he did not return.’
    • ‘U.S. military records list him as an Army deserter.’
    • ‘Peter, at first so quiet and unassuming, turns out to be an Army deserter.’
    • ‘What will today's conscientious objectors and military deserters look like?’
    • ‘The marshland areas were areas that dissidents could go and hide in, deserters from the army could go and hide in.’
    • ‘‘We have arrested the culprits who include a deserter from the Army,’ says a forest official.’
    • ‘This structure should also have responsibility to search for deserters.’
    • ‘With the help of military deserters, they stormed the prison and forced its surrender, massacring the commander who had fired on them early in the attack.’
    absconder, runaway, renegade, fugitive, truant, escapee
    defector, turncoat, traitor, betrayer, apostate
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