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de·fect

 (dē′fĕkt′, dĭ-fĕkt′)
n.
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.]

de·fec′tion n.
de·fec′tor n.

de•fec•tor

(dɪˈfɛk tər)

n.
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]

defector

A person who repudiates his or her country when beyond its jurisdiction or control.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
offender, wrongdoer - a person who transgresses moral or civil law
deviationist - an ideological defector from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
draft dodger, draft evader - someone who is drafted and illegally refuses to serve
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

defector

noun deserter, renegade, turncoat, apostate, recreant (archaic), runagate (archaic), tergiversator Turkey granted asylum to defectors from Communist countries.

defector

noun
A person who has defected:
Informal: rat.
Translations

defector

[dɪˈfektəʳ] N (to different country) → desertor(a) m/f; (to different party) → tránsfuga mf

defector

[dɪˈfɛktər] n (to another party)transfuge mf; (to another country)transfuge mf

defector

[dɪˈfɛktəʳ] nfuor(i)uscito/a; (political) → rifugiato/a politico/a
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But he persevered, eliminating his original tones by repeating radio broadcasts, earning a degree in his spare time, and following up with a PhD in unification studies -- the first such doctorate ever earned by a North Korean defector.
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