/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]

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