What does the word defection mean?

Usage examples for defection

  1. When word of Feller's defection came, Lanstron realized for the first time by Partow's manner that the old chief of staff, with all his deprecation of the telephone scheme as chimerical, had grounded a hope on it. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  2. This defection society was by no means able to understand. – Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century by W. H. Davenport Adams
  3. The annoyance of the cook at the defection of the butler and pantry boy was so acute that she had retired to her room and refused to send in breakfast. – Further Experiences of an Irish R.M. by E. OEnone Somerville Martin Ross