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An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency. See Synonyms at blemish.
intr.v. (dĭ-fĕkt′) de·fect·ed, de·fect·ing, de·fects
1. To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.
2. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.
[Middle English, from Latin dēfectus, failure, want, from past participle of dēficere, to desert, be wanting : dē-, de- + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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a person who defects from a cause or country.
[1655–65; < Latin dēfector renegade, rebel, derivative of dēficere to become disaffected, revolt, literally, to fail; see deficient]
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A person who repudiates his or her country when beyond its jurisdiction or control.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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|Noun||1.||defector - a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)|
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
deviationist - an ideological defector from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
renegade - someone who rebels and becomes an outlaw
walk-in - an operative who initiates his own defection (usually to a hostile country) for political asylum
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noun deserter, renegade, turncoat, apostate, recreant (archaic), runagate (archaic), tergiversator Turkey granted asylum to defectors from Communist countries.
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defector[dɪˈfektəʳ] N (to different country) → desertor(a) m/f; (to different party) → tránsfuga mf
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