A deserter is someone who leaves their country or military unit to fight against them. They are usually punished by being sent to prison or killed.

  • He was a deserter, and was sentenced to death.

  • The soldier deserted his unit and was captured by the enemy.

Definition of deserter


a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.


apostate, ratter, recreant, renegade, turncoat


a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)



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Example Sentences for deserter

  • 1

    A defector was the same as a deserter.

  • 2

    'The Deserters' is a reasonable typo for 'The Deserter'.

  • 3

    The desert wind is a pernicious thing, if you live in the desert.

  • 4

    The desert is largely undisturbed.

  • 5

    The desert symbolizes desiccation.

  • 6

    The desert tortoise is an herbivore.

  • 7

    The deserter was arrested by the police.

  • 8

    The inhabitants deserted the fort.

  • 9

    The night is stygian in desert.

  • 10

    They had pity for the deserter.