desertion

Definitions of desertion
  1. noun
    withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or responsibility
    synonyms: abandonment, defection
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    types:
    abscondment, decampment
    the act of running away secretly (as to avoid arrest)
    absence without leave, unauthorized absence
    unauthorized military absence
    deviationism
    ideological defection from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
    type of:
    withdrawal
    the act of withdrawing
  2. noun
    the act of giving something up
    synonyms: abandonment, forsaking
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    types:
    exposure
    abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)
    apostasy, tergiversation
    the act of abandoning a party for cause
    bolt
    a sudden abandonment (as from a political party)
    type of:
    rejection
    the act of rejecting something
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