defector
noun see defect II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • defector — 1660s, agent noun in Latin form from DEFECT (Cf. defect), or else from L. defector revolter, agent noun from deficere (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • defector — Ⅰ. defect [1] ► NOUN ▪ a shortcoming, imperfection, or lack. ORIGIN Latin defectus, from deficere desert or fail . Ⅱ. defect [2] ► VERB ▪ abandon one s country or cause in favour of an opposing one …   English terms dictionary

  • defector — /di fek teuhr/, n. a person who defects from a cause, country, alliance, etc. [1655 65; < L defector renegade, rebel, equiv. to defec (var. s. of deficere to become disaffected, revolt, lit., to fail; see DEFECT) + tor TOR] * * * …   Universalium

  • defector — defect de‧fect 2 [dɪˈfekt] verb [intransitive] JOURNALISM 1. if the buyer of one product defects to another product, they stop buying the first one and start buying the second one: • They tried to retain customers who might defect to a credit… …   Financial and business terms

  • defector — [[t]dɪfe̱ktə(r)[/t]] defectors N COUNT: usu with supp A defector is someone who leaves their country, political party, or other group, and joins an opposing country, party, or group …   English dictionary

  • defector — de•fec•tor [[t]dɪˈfɛk tər[/t]] n. a person who defects from a cause or country • Etymology: 1655–65; < L dēfector renegade, rebel, der. of dēficere to become disaffected, revolt, lit., to fail; see deficient …   From formal English to slang

  • defector — persimetėlis statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Asmuo, kuris išsižada savo šalies būdamas už jos jurisdikcijos ar kontrolės ribų. atitikmenys: angl. defector pranc. transfuge …   NATO terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • defector — noun one who defects. See Also: defect, defection, defective, deficiency, deficient, deficit …   Wiktionary

  • defector — Synonyms and related words: apostate, backslider, bolter, collaborationist, collaborator, convert, deserter, fifth columnist, mugwump, proselyte, quisling, rat, recidivist, recreant, renegade, renegado, renegate, reversionist, runagate,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • defector — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A person who has defected: apostate, deserter, recreant, renegade, runagate, tergiversator, turncoat. Informal: rat. See APPROACH …   English dictionary for students

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