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Who would have returned as you have returned to advise me of the defection of my grooms?

Not only by defection of our own, but by the force of arms of another.

The defection of his old instructor in wood-lore disturbed him.

He thought not; indeed, she did not seem to retain any memory of his defection.

What would make their defection more certain was the irregularity of pay.

Ysaffich's defection, too, threw a great gloom over all my supporters.

James heard of his host's defection with impassivity and a glance of his eyeglass.

After Uchida's defection old Kano remained constantly at home.

We haven't told the office a word about the defection of the two vaude-villains.

Jeanne wondered that she should care so little for the defection of the De Bers.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "action of failing;" 1550s, "action of deserting a party, leader, etc." from Latin defectionem (nominative defectio) "desertion, revolt, failure," noun of action from past participle stem of deficere (see deficient). Originally used often of faith.

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