Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who defects, falls away, deserts, or secedes, as from a religious body, a political party, or the like.

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  • noun one who defects.

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  • noun a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)

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Examples

  • Department has declared that the defector is a liar, and has discounted his report.

    Hunt, William B.

  • The latest defector is Rep. Jason Altmire, who represents the Pittsburgh suburbs in Pennsylvania.

    The Anti-Pelosi Boomlet

  • He was an early defector from the NHS (and went fully private by the early 1970s) so he was alert to some problems that Belgium was having with its doctors.

    Archive 2007-09-23

  • He was an early defector from the NHS (and went fully private by the early 1970s) so he was alert to some problems that Belgium was having with its doctors.

    Kingdoms in Ferment?

  • One defector from the North’s special-operations forces told me that soldiers in the ranks are afraid to discuss politics with one another.

    When North Korea Falls

  • One defector from the North’s special-operations forces told me that soldiers in the ranks are afraid to discuss politics with one another.

    When North Korea Falls

  • One defector from the North’s special-operations forces told me that soldiers in the ranks are afraid to discuss politics with one another.

    When North Korea Falls

  • The Nolan family, including Roger, who was born after his father went to Vietnam, traveled to Maryland for the Silverdocs Festival last week and was crushed to discover upon their very first trip to Washington, D.C., that McKinley Nolan, because he is classified as a defector, is not among those 58,000 plus names included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    Ashley Wren Collins: The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan : Must-See Vietnam Feature Doc Asks All the Right Questions

  • The Nolan family, including Roger, who was born after his father went to Vietnam, traveled to Maryland for the Silverdocs Festival last week and was crushed to discover upon their very first trip to Washington D.C. that McKinley Nolan, because he is classified as a defector, is not among those 58,000 plus names included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    Ashley Wren Collins: The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan: Must-See Vietnam Feature Doc Asks All the Right Questions

  • The answer, at least in part, is because he is Cuban — so not only does he come from a fabled baseball tradition, but he is also a defector, which is a popular political story.

    Cuba's Major-League Cachet

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  • I like your Tunie list, oroboros. :-)

    September 14, 2011