defection 1540s, "action of failing;" 1550s, "action of deserting a party, leader, etc." from L. defectionem (nom. defectio) "desertion, revolt, failure," noun of action from pp. stem of deficere (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)). Originally used often of faith.

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  • défection — [ defɛksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1680; « éclipse » XIIIe; lat. defectio, de deficere → défectif 1 ♦ Abandon (par qqn) d une cause, d un parti. ⇒ désertion. Défection générale, massive. On signale la défection de nombreux militants. Faire défection :… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • defection — defection, desertion, apostasy mean an abandonment that involves the breaking of a moral or legal bond or tie and that is highly culpable from the point of view of the person, cause, or party abandoned. Defection emphasizes both the fact of one s …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • défection — DÉFECTION. s. f. Abandonnement d un parti auquel on est lié. Il se dit De sujets qui abandonnent leur Prince, de troupes qui abandonnent leur Général, d alliés qui abandonnent leurs alliés. Apres la défection de ces troupes, il ne fut plus en… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Defection — De*fec tion, n. [L. defectio: cf. F. d[ e]fection. See {Defect}.] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defection — Defection. s. f. Revolte, rebellion, soustraction de l obeïssance deuë. Il ne se dit guere qu en parlant des Troupes lorsqu elles se mutinent & abandonnent le service. Aprés la defection de ses troupes, il ne fut plus en estat de disputer l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Defection — Defection, lat., Abfall; Schwäche …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • defection — index abandonment (desertion), abjuration, absence (nonattendance), bad faith, dereliction, desertion …   Law dictionary

  • defection — [n] abandonment alienation, apostasy, backsliding, deficiency, dereliction, desertion, disaffection, disloyalty, disownment, divorce, estrangement, failing, failure, faithlessness, forsaking, lack, parting, rebellion, recreancy, rejection,… …   New thesaurus

  • defection — [dē fek′shən, difek′shən] n. [L defectio < defectus: see DEFECT] 1. abandonment of loyalty, duty, or principle; desertion 2. the act of defecting from one s country 3. a failing or failure …   English World dictionary

  • Defection — Defector redirects here. For other uses, see Defector (disambiguation). In politics, a defector is a person who gives up allegiance to one state or political entity in exchange for allegiance to another. More broadly, it involves abandoning a… …   Wikipedia

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