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The quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy.
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  1. The quality or condition of being deficient; incompleteness or inadequacy.
  2. A shortage
  3. A lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health:
  1. Not enough, not sufficient.
  2. A deficiency in amount; an insufficiency.
  3. A lack or deficiency.
An amount that quantifies an unfavorable condition or position:
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  1. An amount that quantifies an unfavorable condition or position:
  2. Inadequacy or insufficiency:
  3. A deficiency or impairment in mental or physical functioning.
A shortcoming; defect; fault; blemish
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  1. A shortcoming; defect; fault; blemish
  2. (Countable) Something that makes something else less than perfect; a blemish, impurity, error, etc.
  3. (Uncountable) Those qualities or features that are imperfect; the characteristic, state, or quality of being imperfect.
An imperfection, often concealed, that impairs soundness:
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  1. An imperfection, often concealed, that impairs soundness:
  2. A quick, intense burst, especially of wind, rain, or snow.
  3. A defect; fault; error
Any flaw, defect, or shortcoming
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  1. Any flaw, defect, or shortcoming
  2. A small mark that makes the appearance of something less attractive.
  3. A mark that mars the appearance, as a stain, spot, scar, etc.
Anything that prevents or lessens full satisfaction; shortcoming
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  1. Anything that prevents or lessens full satisfaction; shortcoming
  2. Money paid back from a charge previously made; refund, esp. of import duties when the taxed commodities are later exported
  3. A disadvantage; something that detracts or takes away.
A deficiency; a flaw.
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  1. A deficiency; a flaw.
  2. A falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
A mistake; an error:
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  1. A mistake; an error:
  2. Something that mars the appearance, character, structure, etc.; defect or failing
  3. (Geology) A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture.
The number of points, etc. assigned by gamblers to one side in a contest, in an attempt to equalize betting on both sides
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  1. The number of points, etc. assigned by gamblers to one side in a contest, in an attempt to equalize betting on both sides
  2. (Informal) A spot advertisement or announcement
  3. A small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
A discoloration, streak, or spot resulting from staining
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  1. A discoloration, streak, or spot resulting from staining
  2. A liquid substance applied especially to wood that penetrates the surface and imparts a rich color.
  3. A diminishment of one's moral character or good reputation by being associated with something disgraceful.
An infectious or contaminating trace; infection, decay, etc.
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  1. An infectious or contaminating trace; infection, decay, etc.
  2. A trace of corruption, disgrace, evil, etc.
  3. An undesirable or corrupting influence or association:
A tiny amount; a bit:
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  1. A tiny amount; a bit:
  2. A small spot, mark, or stain
A letter or figure used in schools, etc. to show quality of work or behavior; grade
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  1. A letter or figure used in schools, etc. to show quality of work or behavior; grade
  2. (Film, Theater) Something, as a piece of tape or a chalked line, indicating an actor's predetermined position on a stage or set
  3. A spot, stain, scratch, blemish, mar, bruise, dent, etc.
The result of breaking, as a crack, separation, or opening:
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  1. The result of breaking, as a crack, separation, or opening:
  2. The opening shot in a game of pocket billiards, in which the cue ball must come into contact with at least one ball in the rack; often, a shot that scatters the racked balls
  3. An often sudden piece of luck, especially good luck:
A break in friendly relations:
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  1. A break in friendly relations:
  2. An open break in a previously friendly relationship
  3. A narrow break, crack, or other opening in a rock, usually made by cracking or splitting.
(Billiards, Pool) A shot that results in a penalty; specif., in pool, a shot in which the cue ball goes into a pocket
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  1. (Billiards, Pool) A shot that results in a penalty; specif., in pool, a shot in which the cue ball goes into a pocket
  2. A mark or tear made in a surface by something sharp or rough
  3. A wound, usually superficial, inflicted by nails, claws, or something pointed pulled across the skin, etc.
The state of being unsound
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A fault proceeding from weakness; foible; sin of infirmity.
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  1. A fault proceeding from weakness; foible; sin of infirmity.
  2. Any fault or failing arising from such weakness
  3. A fault, especially a moral weakness.
A hole or opening, as in a wall or fence, made by breaking or parting; breach
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  1. A hole or opening, as in a wall or fence, made by breaking or parting; breach
  2. A problematic situation resulting from such a disparity:
  3. An interruption of continuity:
A spinning motion given to a ball when thrown or struck in a specific way.
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  1. A spinning motion given to a ball when thrown or struck in a specific way.
  2. Rotation; spin, turn, twirl, etc.
  3. An unexpected change in a process or a departure from a pattern, often producing a distortion or perversion:
A breaking, harshly dissonant vocal tone or sound, as in hoarseness.
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  1. A breaking, harshly dissonant vocal tone or sound, as in hoarseness.
  2. A partial split or break; a fissure.
  3. (Slang) Hard, pebblelike pieces of highly purified cocaine prepared for smoking: a highly potent and addictive form of cocaine
A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque.
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  1. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay, on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque.
The condition of being discolored.
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  1. The condition of being discolored.
  2. A discolored spot; a stain.
  3. A discolored spot or mark
(Physics) A vacant position in an atom left by the absence of a valence electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge.
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  1. (Physics) A vacant position in an atom left by the absence of a valence electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge.
  2. (Sports) The small pit lined with a cup into which a golf ball must be hit.
  3. A gap, usually the valence band of an insulator or semiconductor, that would normally be filled with one electron. If an electron accelerated by a voltage moves into a gap, it leaves a gap behind it, and in this way the hole itself appears to move through the substance. Even though holes are in fact the absence of a negatively charged particle (an electron), they can be treated theoretically as positively charged particles, whose motion gives rise to electric current.
A fastening made by tying together lengths of material, such as rope, in a prescribed way.
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  1. A fastening made by tying together lengths of material, such as rope, in a prescribed way.
  2. The round, often darker cross section of such a lump as it appears on a piece of cut lumber.
  3. (Nautical) A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour.
A weakness or failing of character.
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  1. A weakness or failing of character.
  2. A small weakness; slight frailty in character
  3. A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly.
A defect or flaw, as in a work of art
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  1. A defect or flaw, as in a work of art
  2. A practice or habit considered to be evil, degrading, or immoral:
  3. Prostitution, the sale of illegal drugs, and certain other forms of usually nonviolent criminal behavior.
A slight fault or defect; weakness
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  1. A slight fault or defect; weakness
  2. Weakness; defect
  3. The act of a person or thing that fails; a failure.
Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.
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  1. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.
  2. One of the two forms of the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet, distinguished from the letter shin by having a dot above the left side of the letter.
  3. The condition of being guilty of continued offense against God, religion, or good morals
(Law) Violation of the rights of another party for which legal redress is available.
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  1. (Law) Violation of the rights of another party for which legal redress is available.
  2. Physical harm or damage to a person, property, etc.
  3. Damage or harm done to or suffered by a person or thing:
A skin blemish or mark present at birth
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  1. A skin blemish or mark present at birth
(Backgammon) An exposed piece, liable to capture
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  1. (Backgammon) An exposed piece, liable to capture
  2. A spot or stain, esp. of ink
  3. A spot or a stain caused by a discoloring substance:
A similar mark or cicatrix on a plant, as one on a stem where a leaf was attached
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  1. A similar mark or cicatrix on a plant, as one on a stem where a leaf was attached
  2. A lingering sign of damage or injury, either mental or physical:
  3. A mark, such as a dent, resulting from use or contact.
Something that mars or spoils; a blemish.
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  1. Something that mars or spoils; a blemish.
Abnormal bodily formation
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  1. Abnormal bodily formation
  2. The condition of being deformed
  3. A deformed person or thing.
A mark recorded against a student, trainee, etc. for poor conduct or work
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  1. A mark recorded against a student, trainee, etc. for poor conduct or work
  2. A mark given for bad conduct to a person attending an educational institution or serving in the army.
  3. That which one merits or deserves, either of good or ill; desert.
A discolored patch or blemish on the skin
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  1. A discolored patch or blemish on the skin
  2. Any of several plant diseases caused by fungi or bacteria and resulting in brown or black dead areas on leaves or fruit.
  3. A spot or blot; a splotch.
A weak point; fault or defect, as in one's character
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  1. A weak point; fault or defect, as in one's character
  2. A special fondness or inclination:
  3. Something of which one is excessively fond or desirous:
An act, assertion, or belief that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true.
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  1. An act, assertion, or belief that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true.
  2. The difference between a computed or estimated result and the actual value, as in mathematics
  3. (Law) A mistake in judgment or procedure of a court of record, usually prejudicial to one of the parties
(Comput.) A number of instructions added to a program that has already been translated into machine language, as to correct an error
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  1. (Comput.) A number of instructions added to a program that has already been translated into machine language, as to correct an error
  2. A piece of material applied to cover or mend a hole or tear or to strengthen a weak spot
  3. A small plot or piece of land, especially one that produces or is used for growing specific vegetation:
The material between the margin of each of the joined pieces and its outer edge
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  1. The material between the margin of each of the joined pieces and its outer edge
  2. A similar line, ridge, or groove made by fitting, joining, or lapping together two sections along their edges.
  3. A mark, line, ridge, etc. like this, as a scar, wrinkle, mold line on glass, etc.
A fault in understanding, perception, interpretation, etc.
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  1. A fault in understanding, perception, interpretation, etc.
  2. (Baseball) A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place
  3. In contract law, a factual misunderstanding that may lead to a failure of a meeting of the minds. In contract law, a factual misunderstanding that may lead to a failure of a meeting of the minds.
A lack or impairment of vision in which maximal visual acuity after correction by refractive lenses is one-tenth normal vision or less in the better eye. Blindness can be genetic but is usually acquired as a result of injury, cataracts, or diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes. In Asia and Africa, trachoma is a common infectious cause of blindness.
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  1. A lack or impairment of vision in which maximal visual acuity after correction by refractive lenses is one-tenth normal vision or less in the better eye. Blindness can be genetic but is usually acquired as a result of injury, cataracts, or diseases such as glaucoma or diabetes. In Asia and Africa, trachoma is a common infectious cause of blindness.
Weakness of resolution or character:
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  1. Weakness of resolution or character:
  2. A moral failing or defect in character:
  3. The condition of being infirm, often as associated with old age; weakness or frailty:
An enthusiast or devotee; a buff:
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  1. An enthusiast or devotee; a buff:
  2. (Informal) A tiny microphone hidden to record conversation secretly
  3. An insect, spider, or similar organism. Not in scientific use.
A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power.
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  1. A false or spurious electronic signal caused by a brief, unwanted surge of electric power.
  2. (Slang) A mishap, error, malfunctioning, etc.
  3. A sudden, brief change in the period of a pulsar, believed to be caused by sudden changes in the structure of the rotating star
A portion of a field of vision that is obstructed to the viewer; specif., any area behind a vehicle that a driver cannot view with his or her rearview mirrors
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  1. A portion of a field of vision that is obstructed to the viewer; specif., any area behind a vehicle that a driver cannot view with his or her rearview mirrors
  2. The small region of the retina where fibers of the optic nerve emerge from the eyeball. The blind spot has no rods or cones, so no light or visual image can be transmitted.
  3. An area that one cannot see because of an obstruction.
To forsake (someone or something that one ought not to leave); abandon
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  1. To forsake (someone or something that one ought not to leave); abandon
  2. To forsake one's duty or post, especially to be absent without leave from the armed forces with no intention of returning.
  3. A large, dry, barren region, usually having sandy or rocky soil and little or no vegetation. Water lost to evaporation and transpiration in a desert exceeds the amount of precipitation; most deserts average less than 25 cm (9.75 inches) of precipitation each year, concentrated in short local bursts. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface, with the principal warm deserts located mainly along the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where warm, rising equatorial air masses that have already lost most of their moisture descend over the subtropical regions. Cool deserts are located at higher elevations in the temperate regions, often on the lee side of a barrier mountain range where the prevailing winds drop their moisture before crossing the range.
To leave altogether; abandon:
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  1. To leave altogether; abandon:
  2. To give up; renounce (a habit, idea, etc.)
  3. To give up (something formerly held dear); renounce:
The quality or state of being deficient; absence of something essential; incompleteness
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  1. The quality or state of being deficient; absence of something essential; incompleteness
  2. (Geometry) The amount by which the number of double points on a curve is short of the maximum for curves of the same degree.
  3. A lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health:
The amount by which a sum of money is less than the required or desired amount; specif., an excess of liabilities over assets, of losses over profits, or of expenditure over income
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  1. The amount by which a sum of money is less than the required or desired amount; specif., an excess of liabilities over assets, of losses over profits, or of expenditure over income
  2. A deficiency or impairment in mental or physical functioning.
  3. An amount that quantifies an unfavorable condition or position:
A shortage of required material.
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  1. A shortage of required material.
  2. An instance of being inadequate; a failing or lack.
  3. A lack of competence or ability.
Inadequate supply:
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  1. Inadequate supply:
  2. Inability or failure of an organ or tissue to perform its normal function
  3. Lack of sufficiency; deficiency; inadequacy
Deficiency or absence:
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  1. Deficiency or absence:
  2. The fact or condition of not having enough; shortage; deficiency
  3. A particular deficiency or absence:
Fewness; small number
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  1. Fewness; small number
  2. Scarcity; dearth:
  3. Scarcity; dearth; insufficiency
The condition or quality of being poor; indigence; need
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  1. The condition or quality of being poor; indigence; need
  2. The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts.
  3. Deficiency in necessary properties or desirable qualities, or in a specific quality, etc.; inadequacy
(Uncountable) The quality of being scanty.
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  1. (Uncountable) The quality of being scanty.
  2. (Countable) The result or product of being scanty.
The property of being scant.
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  1. The property of being scant.
The property of being scarce.
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(Countable) an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
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  1. (Countable) an inadequate amount of something; a shortage
  2. The condition or quality of being scarce; inadequate supply; dearth
  3. Insufficiency of amount or supply; shortage:
  1. Not enough, not sufficient.
  2. A deficiency in the quantity or amount needed or expected, or the extent of this; deficit
  3. A lack or deficiency.
A falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
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  1. A falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
  2. A deficiency; a flaw.
The act or an instance of falling short, or the amount of the shortage
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  1. The act or an instance of falling short, or the amount of the shortage
  2. A failure to attain a specified amount or level; a shortage.
  3. The amount by which a supply falls short of expectation, need, or demand.
A deficient amount; a shortfall.
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  1. A deficient amount; a shortfall.
  2. A deficit or shortfall in funds, inventory, or capacity.
  3. A shortage; insufficiency
Any flaw, defect, or shortcoming
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  1. Any flaw, defect, or shortcoming
  2. A mark that mars the appearance, as a stain, spot, scar, etc.
  3. A small mark that makes the appearance of something less attractive.
An insect, spider, or similar organism. Not in scientific use.
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  1. An insect, spider, or similar organism. Not in scientific use.
  2. An insect of any kind, such as a cockroach or a ladybug.
  3. An enthusiast or devotee; a buff:
(Geology) A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture.
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  1. (Geology) A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture.
  2. Something that mars the appearance, character, structure, etc.; defect or failing
  3. A mistake; an error:
A quick, intense burst, especially of wind, rain, or snow.
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  1. A quick, intense burst, especially of wind, rain, or snow.
  2. An imperfection, often concealed, that impairs soundness:
  3. A defect; fault; error
(Uncountable) Those qualities or features that are imperfect; the characteristic, state, or quality of being imperfect.
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  1. (Uncountable) Those qualities or features that are imperfect; the characteristic, state, or quality of being imperfect.
  2. (Countable) Something that makes something else less than perfect; a blemish, impurity, error, etc.
  3. A shortcoming; defect; fault; blemish
A deficiency; a flaw.
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  1. A deficiency; a flaw.
  2. A falling short of what is expected or required; defect or deficiency
To abandon one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
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  1. To abandon one's religious faith, a political party, one's principles, or a cause.
  2. To become an apostate
  3. To give up or renounce one's position or belief.
To withdraw from, especially in spite of a responsibility or duty; forsake:
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  1. To withdraw from, especially in spite of a responsibility or duty; forsake:
  2. To forsake one's duty or post, especially to be absent without leave from the armed forces with no intention of returning.
  3. A large, dry, barren region, usually having sandy or rocky soil and little or no vegetation. Water lost to evaporation and transpiration in a desert exceeds the amount of precipitation; most deserts average less than 25 cm (9.75 inches) of precipitation each year, concentrated in short local bursts. Deserts cover about one fifth of the Earth's surface, with the principal warm deserts located mainly along the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, where warm, rising equatorial air masses that have already lost most of their moisture descend over the subtropical regions. Cool deserts are located at higher elevations in the temperate regions, often on the lee side of a barrier mountain range where the prevailing winds drop their moisture before crossing the range.
To become a deserter or an outlaw.
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  1. To become a deserter or an outlaw.
To use evasions or subterfuge; equivocate
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  1. To use evasions or subterfuge; equivocate
  2. To desert a cause, party, etc.; become a renegade; apostatize
  3. To change sides; apostatize.
To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction
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  1. To reverse one's or its course; start to move, go, etc. in the opposite direction
  2. To change the position of so that the underside becomes the upper side:
  3. To divert or deflect:
(Slang) To work as a scab laborer.
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  1. (Slang) To work as a scab laborer.
  2. (Slang) To reveal incriminating or embarrassing information about someone, especially to a person in authority:
  3. (Slang) To desert or betray a cause, movement, etc. as rats are reputed to desert a sinking ship

Synonym Study

  • A flaw is an imperfection in structure or substance, such as a crack or gap, that mars the wholeness or continuity a flaw in a metal bar
  • A blemish is a superficial or surface imperfection that mars the appearance skin blemishes, a blemish on his record
  • An imperfection is any faulty detail that detracts from perfection minor imperfections of style
  • Defect implies a lack of something essential to completeness or perfection a defect in vision
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