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desertion

noun uk   /dɪˈzɜː.ʃən/  us   /-ˈzɝː-/
[C or U] the act of leaving the armed forces without permission: During the war, desertion was punishable by death. There were thousands of desertions in the last weeks of the war.figurative There have been mass desertions from (= a lot of people have left) the party in recent months. [C or U] the act of leaving someone behind in a difficult situation: Roger got his divorce on the grounds of desertion (= because his wife had left him).
Translations of “desertion”
in Korean 내버림…
in Arabic هَجر…
in Portuguese deserção…
in Catalan abandonament, deserció…
in Japanese 逃亡, 遺棄, 放棄…
in Italian diserzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 逃走, 當逃兵…
in Chinese (Simplified) 逃走, 当逃兵…
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