Meaning of DEFECT in English


I. noun


Synonyms: blemish , flaw, vice

Related Word: failing, fault, foible, frailty; infirmity, weakness; deficiency, imperfection, shortcoming

Contrasted words: excellence, faultlessness, impeccability; merit, perfection, virtue


Synonyms: absence , dearth, default, lack, ||miss, privation, want

Related Word: scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage

Contrasted words: overage, overplus, superfluity, surplus, surplusage

Antonyms: excess

II. verb

to desert a cause or party often in order to espouse another

he defected from the Communist party

Synonyms: apostatize, desert, rat, renounce, repudiate, tergiversate, tergiverse, turn

Related Word: abandon, forsake; back out, renege, withdraw; depart, go, leave, quit; reject, spurn

Idioms: change sides, go back on, go over, turn one's coat, walk ( or run) out on

Contrasted words: adhere (to), cling (to), hang on, stick (to or with); cherish, cultivate, foster

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