Definition of Deserter

1. Noun. A disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc..

Exact synonyms: Apostate, Ratter, Recreant, Renegade, Turncoat
Generic synonyms: Quitter
Derivative terms: Apostate, Apostatise, Apostatize, Desert, Desert, Rat, Rat, Rat, Rat, Recreant, Renegade

2. Noun. A person who abandons their duty (as on a military post).
Exact synonyms: Defector
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Offender, Wrongdoer
Specialized synonyms: Deviationist, Draft Dodger, Draft Evader, Renegade, Walk-in
Derivative terms: Defect, Desert, Desert

Definition of Deserter

1. n. One who forsakes a duty, a cause or a party, a friend, or any one to whom he owes service; especially, a soldier or a seaman who abandons the service without leave; one guilty of desertion.

Definition of Deserter

1. Noun. A person who has physically removed him- or herself from the control or direction of a military or naval unit with the intention of permanently leaving ¹

2. Noun. Under the United States Code of Military Justice, a person who has been placed on AWOL status for more than 30 days ¹

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Definition of Deserter

1. one that deserts [n -S] - See also: deserts

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deserter

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desert rat
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desert rose
desert sand verbena
desert selaginella
desert soil
desert soils
desert sore
desert sunflower
desert tortoise
desert varnish
desert willow
deserter (current term)
desertic soil

Literary usage of Deserter

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Manual for Courts-martial, Courts of Inquiry, and of Other Procedure Under by United States War Dept (1916)
"The article defines one offense: I. RETAINING A deserter. (a) That the accused officer exercised a certain command as alleged. (b) That while so in command ..."

2. Military Laws of the United States (Army) by United States (1901)
"Similarly held in regard to an Indian who brought, in a deserter to a military post in North Dakota, he having no authority under the laws of that State to ..."

3. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer by Richard Burn (1820)
"59 G. 3. cp the maintenance of such deserter during the time he shall be in custody, as directed by his majesty's regulations ; and the keeper of every gaol ..."

4. Army Regulations by Confederate States of America War Dept, United States War Dept (1911)
"When enlisted men are sent in pursuit of a deserter, the expenses necessarily incurred will he paid whether he be apprehended or not, and will be reported ..."

5. A Source-book of Military Law and War-time Legislation by John Henry Wigmore, United States War Dept. Committee on Education and Special Training (1919)
"By the preceding indorsement is submitted whether a civilian officer arresting a deserter within his authority can deliver him to the military authorities ..."

6. A Digest of the Law of Scotland: With Special Reference to the Office and by Hugh Barclay, Scotland (1855)
"... deliver himself up ami confess himself to be a deserter from Her ... to be a deserter аз aforesaid, shall be deemed to have duly enlisted and to be a ..."

7. The State Records of North Carolina by North Carolina, Walter Clark, William Laurence Saunders, Stephen Beauregard Weeks (1906)
"Twenty Shillings for every such deserter taken up Ten Miles or under from the place where ... And the Justice before whom such deserter shall be carried, ..."

8. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius C├Žsar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1811)
"Washington con- y^-vL, a deserter from the British service, and therefore could CHAP. tended, that having resigned his commission before he ac- \Is. cepted ..."

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