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something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure

to abandon one's cause or party usually to join another

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a failing or deficiency

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an imperfection in an object or machine

desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

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This foreshadowing of a slow social evolution was made when Ernest was first depressed by the defection of the great unions.
As clearly as in the light of past events, he saw the defection of the favored unions, the rise and the slow decay of the labor castes, and the struggle between the decaying oligarchs and labor castes for control of the great governmental machine.
The recent defection of the tribe had, as they well knew themselves, subjected the Delawares to much reproach among their French allies; and they were now made to feel that their future actions were to be regarded with jealousy and distrust.
He had come alone for two very excellent reasons, the first of which was that thus none might note his terror-stricken state nor his defection should he fail at the last moment, and the other was that should he accomplish the thing alone or be able to make his chiefs believe that he had, the credit would be far greater than were he to be accompanied by warriors.
His men recognized his voice immediately and as they knew nothing of the defection of any of their fellows, turned the boat's prow toward shore without waiting for the command from von Horn.
Happily, their father, completely absorbed in a practical, scientific, and approving contemplation of the topography and material resources of the scene of his future labors, had no time to notice their defection.
Of course he saw no more than I did, but to annoy me, or perhaps to punish me for my long defection, he must turn his back on me and devote himself to this chit from Southampton to the Mediterranean.
It was at this point, gentlemen, that enraged by the defection of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run a muck from the bowsprit to the taffrail; and if by any devilishness of desperation possible, seize the ship.
The ruling party continued to tout purported defections to its ranks over the weekend, months after the Cambodia National Rescue Party - the nation's only viable opposition - was dissolved at the government's behest.
They are hoping to further discourage defections by heavily promoting propaganda using individuals who have returned to North Korea after having defected to the South," said Ahn Myung Chul, head of non-profit North Korea Watch to DailyNK.
The defections come at a time of heightened tension on the Korean peninsula because of North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, which it is pursuing in defiance of international pressure that includes United Nations resolutions.
North Korean soldiers occasionally flee over the land border, but there have been few defections as dramatic as one that happened nearly 40 days ago, when a northern soldier crossed at a different, very public place - a jointly controlled area that is the only place where troops from the rivals face off only feet away from each other.
The number of defections appears to have increased significantly this year as the military's tally shows that 15 North Korean people, including four soldiers, have fled to the South, compared with five including one soldier last year.
The defection, subsequent medical treatment and slow recovery of the soldier have riveted South Korea, but it will be an embarrassment for the North, which claims all defections are the result of Seoul kidnapping or enticing North Koreans to defect.
Army Special Operations, the Department of State, the African Union-led Regional Task Force and various NGOs and civil society groups, the LRA has been reduced to approximately 100 combatants, largely by the interagency effort to promote defections.