1. a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
Syn: ↑apostate, ↑renegade, ↑turncoat, ↑recreant, ↑ratter
Derivationally related forms:
rat (for: ↑ratter), ↑recreant (for: ↑recreant), ↑renegade (for: ↑renegade), ↑apostate (for: ↑apostate), ↑apostatize (for: ↑apostate), ↑apostatise (for: ↑apostate), ↑desert
Hypernyms: ↑quitter
2. a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)
Syn: ↑defector
Derivationally related forms: ↑defect (for: ↑defector), ↑desert
Hypernyms: ↑wrongdoer, ↑offender
Hyponyms: ↑deviationist, ↑draft dodger, ↑draft evader, ↑renegade, ↑walk-in

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  • déserter — [ dezɛrte ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • XII e; « rendre un lieu désert » v. 1050; de 1. désert 1 ♦ Abandonner (un lieu où l on devrait rester). ⇒ abandonner, quitter. « Il désertait de plus en plus, pour ce métier, l atelier en plein vent du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • déserter — DÉSERTER. v. a. Abandonner un lieu. La guerre et la peste font déserter les Villes et les Provinces. On lui fit tant d affronts, qu il fut obligé de déserter la Province. f♛/b] Il est aussi neutre. La fumée me fera déserter de la maison. [b]f♛/b] …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • deserter — Deserter. verb. act. Rendre un lieu desert. La guerre & la peste desertent les villes & les provinces. Deserter, signifie aussi, Abandonner, & se dit proprement des soldats qui abandonnent le service sans congé. Deserter l armée. deserter le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Deserter — De*sert er (d[ e]*z[ e]rt [ e]r), n. One who forsakes a duty, a cause or a party, a friend, or any one to whom he owes service; especially, a soldier or a seaman who abandons the service without leave; one guilty of desertion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deserter — index fugitive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • deserter — 1630s, agent noun from DESERT (Cf. desert) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • deserter — see under desert at ABANDON vb …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • deserter — is spelt er, not or …   Modern English usage

  • deserter — [n] fugitive from responsibility absconder, apostate, AWOL*, backslider, betrayer, criminal, defector, delinquent, derelict, escapee, escaper, hookey player*, lawbreaker, maroon, no show*, recreant, refugee, renegade, runaway, shirker, slacker,… …   New thesaurus

  • deserter — ► NOUN ▪ a member of the armed forces who deserts …   English terms dictionary

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