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Definition of desertion:

  1. Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency.
  2. The act of deserting or forsaking; abandonment of a service, a cause, a party, a friend, or any post of duty; the quitting of one's duties willfully and without right; esp., an absconding from military or naval service.
  3. The state of being forsaken; desolation; as, the king in his desertion.

Synonyms:

abandonment, forsaking, keep, defection, giving up.

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