Definitions

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  • n. an act or incidence of defecting

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lack: a failure; especially, failure in the performance of duty or obligation.
  • n. The act of abandoning a person or a cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; a falling away; apostasy; backsliding.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
  • n. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

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Examples

  • Her mentor handles what he calls her defection very poorly and they have not spoken to one another in six months.

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  • Their defection from the progressive coalition over the past two years is the main reason Democrats are facing a beat-down tomorrow.

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  • Beverly Si lls, for instance, made the cover of Time in 1971, and Mikhail Baryshnikov was a full-fledged media idol within a few months of his 1974 defection from the Soviet Union.

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  • America saw a hint of this recently with Senator Liberman's defection from the Democratic party.

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  • The process of defection from the Tindouf camps and rallying to Morocco started in practical terms at the end of the fighting, hundreds of sahraoui refugees have decided to leave Tindouf and to return to Morocco, among them political and military leaders, head of tribes, and hundreds of Polisario army officers of all levels.

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  • And a Quinnipiac poll released late last month indicated that Specter, who's received the public backing of President Obama and party leaders since his defection from the Republican Party this spring, still holds a greater than 2-to-1 advantage over Sestak, with a 55 percent to 23 percent advantage in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup.

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  • A Quinnipiac poll late last month indicated that Specter, who's received the public backing of President Obama and party leaders since his defection from the Republican Party this spring, had a 55 percent to 23 percent advantage in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup – though his 20-point edge over prospective GOP challenger Pat Toomey had vanished.

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  • On the Hill Democratic senators voted to allow Senator Joseph I. Lieberman to keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite his public defection from the party and outspoken support for Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

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  • Oh, another defection from the carnival Hillary camp .... can you spell incompetent. mrsingh

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  • Burke's defection from the Whig campaign has generally been seen as apostasy, but O'Brien argues that Burke was consistent because of his Catholicism (or at least his Catholic sympathies).

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