“The defection of the dictator’s once loyal and affectionate general made many question the future of the regime.”
Based on the sentence above, which definition most accurately describes defection?
Defection (noun) – willing abandonment of allegiance to a group, person, or cause
Defect (verb) – to desert or abandon a group, person, or cause
GRE pro tips:
You can remember the word defection by contrasting it with the more common word affection. The word “affection” comes from the Latin affectio, meaning a feeling of “attachment.” (You’ve likely experienced affection yourself.) Defection, on the other hand, comes from the Latin word defectio, meaning “abandonment” – the opposite of attachment. To feel affection means to have love for and attachment to a person or thing. By contrast, defection means detachment and abandonment from a person, group, or cause.
“The general’s defection made many question the loyalty of Stalin’s regime.”
“The journalist defected to another newspaper.”