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Meaning of desertion by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪˈzɛː( ɹ )ʒən/, /dɪˈzɛː( ɹ )ʃən/
      Rhymes: -ɜː( r )ʃən


    desertion ( plural: desertions )

    1. The act of deserting .

Explanation of desertion by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility

    2. the act of giving something up

    Definition of desertion by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Desertion ( dezẽrshŭn ), n. [L. desertio: cf. F. désertion.]
      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. South.