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defection


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Defection  \De*fec"tion\,  n.  [L.  defectio:  cf  F.  d['e]fection. 
  See  {Defect}.] 
  Act  of  abandoning  a  person  or  cause  to  which  one  is  bound  by 
  allegiance  or  duty,  or  to  which  one  has  attached  himself; 
  desertion;  failure  in  duty;  a  falling  away  apostasy; 
  backsliding.  ``Defection  and  falling  away  from  God.''  --Sir 
  W.  Raleigh. 
 
  The  general  defection  of  the  whole  realm.  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  defection 
  n  1:  withdrawing  support  or  help  despite  allegiance  or 
  responsibility;  "his  abandonment  of  his  wife  and 
  children  left  them  penniless"  [syn:  {desertion},  {abandonment}] 
  2:  the  state  of  having  rejected  your  religious  beliefs  [syn:  {apostasy}, 
  {renunciation}] 




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