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desertion


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desertion  \De*ser"tion\,  n.  [L.  desertio:  cf  F.  d['e]sertion.] 
  1.  The  act  of  deserting  or  forsaking;  abandonment  of  a 
  service,  a  cause  a  party,  a  friend,  or  any  post  of  duty; 
  the  quitting  of  one's  duties  willfully  and  without  right 
  esp.,  an  absconding  from  military  or  naval  service. 
 
  Such  a  resignation  would  have  seemed  to  his  superior 
  a  desertion  or  a  reproach.  --Bancroft. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  forsaken;  desolation;  as  the  king  in 
  his  desertion. 
 
  3.  Abandonment  by  God;  spiritual  despondency. 
 
  The  spiritual  agonies  of  a  soul  under  desertion. 
  --South. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  desertion 
  n  1:  withdrawing  support  or  help  despite  allegiance  or 
  responsibility;  "his  abandonment  of  his  wife  and 
  children  left  them  penniless"  [syn:  {abandonment},  {defection}] 
  2:  the  act  of  giving  something  up  [syn:  {abandonment},  {forsaking}] 




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