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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESERTS

That book had nothing to do with Egyptian deserts; but any desert will do for Monny.

However that might be, he had escaped his deserts; so much the worse.

Fens, like deserts, are large things very apt to be mislaid.

All may not rise equally, yet each, on the whole, very much according to his deserts.

We have been rewarded beyond our deserts, and such reward is shameful.

Indeed if I were treated according to my deserts, you couldn't do enough for me.'

Not I alone, but the cities and the deserts of Syria and Arabia, missed my loving friend.

I do not hesitate to say that if you had your deserts you would be in the Penitentiary.

He who deserts his faith may well forget that his birth was noble.

It was a caprice that took me, and it is a caprice that deserts me.

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.

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nounvirtue triumphing over vice
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