Definition of desertion in US English:

desertion

noun

  • 1The action of deserting a person, cause, or organization.

    ‘I resented what I saw as my parents' desertion’
    ‘such a desertion of the cause of freedom was unthinkable’
    • ‘Thus the idea of desertion runs through both the frame narrative and the inner story of "On Greenhow Hill."’
    • ‘Desertion was recognized if one or both parents were not seen at the nest for at least two consecutive nest checks.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, the distrust is further fuelled by the desertion of an assistant counsel on the team last month.’
    • ‘Ultimately, "want of confidence" turned into actual desertion.’
    • ‘His guilt about his desertion of the weaker boy was to provide the story of his television play Old Flames.’
    • ‘Spousal desertion automatically invokes this right.’
    • ‘Divorce can be obtained on the bases of adultery, intolerable behavior, desertion, and de facto separation.’
    • ‘The wife may ask for divorce based on impotence, non-support, and desertion or lengthy absence.’
    • ‘However, separation and desertion remain far more common.’
    • ‘When desertion was only suspected after two checks, further checks were conducted until the status of the nest became clear.’
    • ‘Desertion, arson and poor or slow work were the most common ways of showing resistance by slaves.’
    • ‘The desertion of the small family farm constitutes the largest population movement in American history.’
    • ‘Often the socio-economic implications arising out of desertions by the spouse is overlooked by society.’
    • ‘She plans to crash the party and reveal that she is Godfrey's wife so that she can avenge Godfrey's desertion.’
    • ‘They tell their own story of desertions, food rationing, shortage of ammunition and other difficulties.’
    • ‘Any desertion on Edith's part is terminated by Robert agreeing to the separation.’
    • ‘Does the past success of the brood influence the timing of mate desertion?’
    • ‘High densities of argasid ticks have been linked to egg and seabird nestlings desertion and lower survival of Cattle Egrets.’
    • ‘We confined our trapping to the late stages of incubation to minimize nest desertion due to trapping procedures.’
    • ‘Novels of alienation and misery are common currency, tales of abuse, violence and desertion are run-of-the-mill stuff for British fiction.’
    abandonment, leaving, forsaking
    defection, reneging, betrayal
    absconding, running away, decamping, flight, fleeing, flying, bolting, turning tail, truancy, going absent without leave, taking french leave, departure, escape, dereliction
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    1. 1.1Military The action of illegally leaving the armed forces.
      ‘three officers were shot for desertion’
      ‘the number of desertions was rising’
      • ‘There was not an instance of desertion in the battalion.’
      • ‘Congress first offered service pensions to officers in 1781, in order to prevent mass desertion.’
      • ‘He just finished serving 30 days in jail for his 1965 desertion.’
      • ‘In 1921 King George V granted him a pardon on the desertion charge.’
      • ‘According to the CBS News programme 60 Minutes, there have been 5,500 desertions amongst US troops.’

Pronunciation

desertion

/dəˈzərʃ(ə)n//dəˈzərSH(ə)n/