Definitions

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  • n. One who forsakes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who forsakes or deserts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who forsakes or deserts.

Etymologies

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From forsake +‎ -er.

Examples

  • Dr. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, the founding director of the Arts in Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and, incidentally, the most influential mentor in my professional life, included a section in her curriculum asking students to consider the "generative tension" between the role of the artist as "world mover" and "world forsaker."

    Kristen Paglia: Arts Education Makes America Stronger by Making Stronger Americans

  • Despite this one point of comparison, the two politicians are hardly at all in similar fashion camps; indeed, no one would identify Obama and Mao Zedong, another famous forsaker of neckwear, as being in the same "sartorial spot."

    It's Not Ties That Bind

  • Hostage maker, hostage taker neither a mover nor a shaker just an old fashioned faker and a bloody peace forsaker.

    Taken hostage

  • But the latter would at any rate be an indication that she was ill, and the former furnish a presumption, vague enough, it is true, that the forsaken one, or forsaker

    The Guermantes Way

  • For though he was a notable ensample by his introduction of religion, yet he was the first who was seen to neglect it, and this illustrious promoter of holiness proved a most infamous forsaker of the same.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • Arabians, in order for his destruction, flying from city to city, hated by all men, as a forsaker of the laws and execrable, as an enemy of his country and countrymen, he was thrust out into Egypt:

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 46: 2 Machabees The Challoner Revision

  • He is the walking hermit, the world-forsaker, but he is above all things a rebel and a prophet, and he stands in very distinct relation to the life of his time.

    A Tramp's Sketches

  • In this sort of love it is the forsaker who has the melancholy lot; for an abandoned belief may be more effectively vengeful than Dido.

    George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings and Philosophy

  • When I saw thee again -- the forsaker of thy faith -- poor, obscure, and doomed to a peasant's lot -- daring hopes shaped themselves into fierce resolves.

    Calderon the Courtier, a Tale

  • What matters it whether her forsaker be my brother?

    The Pilgrims of the Rhine

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