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Meaning of DESERTION

Pronunciation:  di'zurshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
  2. [n]  the act of giving something up

DESERTION is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: abandonment, defection, forsaking
 See Also: abscondment, absence without leave, apostasy, bolt, decampment, deviationism, exposure, rejection, tergiversation, unauthorized absence, withdrawal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*ser"tion\, n. [L. desertio: cf. F. d['e]sertion.]
1. 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.

         Such a resignation would have seemed to his superior
         a desertion or a reproach.            --Bancroft.

2. The state of being forsaken; desolation; as, the king in
   his desertion.

3. Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency.

         The spiritual agonies of a soul under desertion.

Thesaurus Terms
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