American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of deserting.
- n. The state of being deserted.
- n. Law Willful abandonment of one's spouse or children or both without their consent and with the intention of forsaking all legal obligations to them.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of forsaking or abandoning, as a party, a friend, a cause, or the post of duty; the act of quitting without leave, and with an intention not to return.
- n. The state of being deserted or forsaken.
- n. The state of being forsaken by God; spiritual despondency.
- n. In law, a wilful abandonment of an employment or a duty, in violation of a legal or moral obligation. Bigelow, Ch. J. In the law of divorce, the wilful withdrawal of one of the married parties from the other, or the voluntary refusal of one to renew a suspended cohabitation, without justification in either the consent or the wrongful conduct of the other.
- n. In botany Same as lipoxeny.
- n. The act of deserting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. The state of being forsaken; desolation.
- n. Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency.
- n. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
- n. the act of giving something up
“Never was the _honour_, the _principles_, the policy of a nation so grossly abused as in the desertion of those men, who are now exposed to _every punishment_ that _desertion_ and _poverty_ can inflict, _because they were not rebels_. ”
“The term desertion is also applied to a cleric's abandonment of his benefice, whether it be residential or non-residential.”
“The reason is plain: he was, so to speak, of two parties, yet of neither: the one could not forgive his early aspirations for liberty, uttered in imperishable verse; the other could not pardon what they called his desertion of their cause, when he saw that England was willing to do, and was doing, justice to Ireland.”
“The captain professed great annoyance and indignation at what he termed the desertion of his ward, and demanded to know when the tutor proposed to return to his duties.”
“I confess, I had sometimes, however, the weakness to think the worse of human nature, for what I called the desertion and ingratitude of these my former companions and flatterers; and I could not avoid comparing the neglect and solitude in which I lived in London, where I had lavished my fortune, with the kindness and hospitalities I had received in Dublin, where I lived only when I had no fortune to spend.”
“The idea of desertion is taken up again in the comic version of the television show in Firefly: Those Left Behind.”
“Meanwhile, not insignificant hordes of sensible Republicans are in desertion mode, appalled by the shenanigans of the mooseburger-eating creationist from Alaska.”
“Perhaps the most interesting finding in the exit polls Tuesday was that the base did turn out for Mr. Rove: white evangelicals voted in roughly the same numbers as in 2004, and 71 percent of them voted Republican, hardly a mass desertion from the 78 percent of last time.”
“Occasion for making this explanation and statement frequently arises in desertion cases when the accused, after pleading guilty, testifies or states in effect that throughout his unauthorized absence he had the intention of returning.”
“She was boarded, searched and four persons taken from the crew charged with desertion from the English navy.”
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