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Definition of Desertion


  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.
  2. The state of being forsaken; desolation; as, the king in his desertion.
  3. Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency.

Desertion Quotations

The toddler craves independence, but he fears desertion.
Dorothy Corkille Briggs

Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
Samuel Butler

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
Christian Nestell Bovee

Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us.
George Bernard Shaw

Desertion is the army's dirty little secret. Since the beginning of the Iraq war, more than 20,000 American soldiers have given up the fight. Most of them disappear while at home on leave, fading into a network of family and friends, and the army does not typically chase them down.
Wil S. Hylton
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Desertion Translations

desertion in German is Fahnenflucht, Verlassen
desertion in Italian is diserzione, lasciare
desertion in Norwegian is desertering
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