defector defector  /dɪ ˈfɛk tər/

Definition(s):

  • (n) a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)

Usage(s):

  1. The most courted combatant in the history of war may well be the Communist in South Viet Namor rather, the potential Communist defector.
  2. Nobody rejoices over a repentant sinner more than Red China's Premier Chou En-laiparticularly if the sinner is a highly placed defector from the West.
  3. He turned up at a Mexico City press conference, a defector from Castro, declaring that Communism had taken over Cuba and he could not stomach it.

News

  1. Russia Offers to Play Host to Snowden the 'Defector'

    When Rep. Peter King of New York yesterday referred to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as "a defector," he seemed to be channeling the political lexicon of 1983, not 2013 — much less 1984. Or maybe he was being prescient. Reports this morning indicate that Russia would consider a request by Snowden to seek asylum in that country.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  2. Lights, cameras, action: Puig already a star in L.A.

    Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, 22, has taken Los Angeles by storm after only one week in the major leagues.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  3. King: 'Defector' Snowden is a danger to national security

    (CNN) – The ex-CIA employee who admitted Sunday to leaking top secret information about America's surveillance programs is a "defector" who could still pose risks to U.S. assets overseas, Rep. Peter King claimed Monday. King, a Republican member of the House Homeland Security Committee, added on CNN's "Starting Point" that Edward Snowden's claim he could […]
    on June 10, 2013     Source: CNN Political Ticker

Quotes

  1. "There is still much stigma attached to being a defector here," said Kim.
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Kim Yong-Hyun Source: AsiaOne

  2. "An Iraqi defector who described himself as a civil engineer," Miller wrote, "said he personally worked on renovations of secret facilities for biological, chemical and nuclear weapons in underground wells, private villas and under the Saddam...
    on Nov 19, 2005 By: Judith Miller Source: CorpWatch.org

  3. "There is more to it than some reporters calling me a defector, as if we are at war; even some of my fellow Mariinsky musicians would approach me, and whisper dramatically, 'How could you do this?', 'Oh, I can't believe it' or something equally...
    on May 11, 2006 By: Anna Netrebko Source: St.Petersburg Times.ru

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