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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESERTING

Only recently, after the lapse of years, did I learn the cause of their deserting me.

I do not think they will object to deserting with us to the free world.

She repressed a violent gesture, for her patience was deserting her.

He knows not how to answer them, although he is afraid of deserting justice in the hour of need.

And if you found him deserting to your enemies, what would you do?

It is very unkind of you,” he said, “to have thought of deserting me on such a day as this.

There seemed no valid reason, however, for deserting Christiern.

Sutherland's men are deserting him, and the Frasers are all gone home.

Then is this the reason you give for deserting us as you have deserted Devil's Ford?

I can forgive him for deserting me, but not for deceiving and destroying you.'

WORD ORIGIN

"to leave one's duty," late 14c., from Old French deserter (12c.) "leave," literally "undo or sever connection," from Late Latin desertare, frequentative of Latin deserere "to abandon, to leave, forsake, give up, leave in the lurch," from de- "undo" (see de-) + serere "join together, put in a row" (see series). Military sense is first recorded 1640s. Related: Deserted; deserting.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.