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Defection

De`fec´tion
n.1.Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away; apostasy; backsliding.
The general defection of the whole realm.
- Sir J. Davies.
Noun1.defection - withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and children left them penniless"
2.defection - the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)
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