Deserter definition

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

Singular:
deserter
Plural:
deserters

Origin of deserter

  • From Latin desertor (“deserter"), from desero (“I forsake, I abandon")

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