1. 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.
Such a resignation would have seemed to his superior a desertion or a reproach. --Bancroft.
2. The state of being forsaken; desolation; as, the king in his desertion.
3. Abandonment by God; spiritual despondency.
The spiritual agonies of a soul under desertion. --South.
n 1: withdrawing support or help despite allegiance or
responsibility; "his abandonment of his wife and
children left them penniless" [syn: abandonment, defection]
2: the act of giving something up [syn: abandonment, forsaking]