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DESERTER. One who abandons his post; as, a soldier who abandons the public service without leave; or a sailor who abandons a ship when he has engaged to serve.

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Immediately upon retiring from the castle, the Saxon thanes, with their attendants, took horse; and it was during the bustle which attended their doing so, that Cedric, for the first time, cast his eyes upon the deserter Gurth.
He turned and twisted, schemed and devised, bludgeoned and bullied the weaker ones, kept the faint-hearted in the fight, and had no mercy on the deserter.
The cell, or black hole, for it had those words painted on the door, was very dark, and having recently accommodated a drunken deserter, by no means clean.
Besides being a rough handling of his wounded mind, it seemed to assume that he really was the self- interested deserter he had been called.
Men of position and of influence spent their evenings on our veranda, among others the Melbourne agent for the Lady Jermyn, the likeliest vessel then lying in the harbor, and the one to which the first consignment of gold-dust would be entrusted if only a skipper could be found to replace the deserter who took you out.
Rose was so mortified and grieved at this downfall of her hopes that she spoke sharply, and would not take the ring the deserter offered her.
Angie and the Deserters release their third single 17 Days off of their recent six song EP, You.
Clearly, the only persecution the deserters face is for committing a military offence (desertion).
The majority of deserters were enlisted personnel, many of whom enlisted in the military because there was no other option," said Armando Rodriguez Luna, a security expert at the Colectivo de Analisis de la Seguridad con Democracia (CASEDE) in Mexico City.
Status and Treatment of Deserters in International Armed Conflicts
King noticed a distinct contrast from his own experience as a military deserter and the new group: Many deserters from the Vietnam era had never seen combat, whereas the couple of hundred fleeing after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan were likely suffering from PTSD and other undiagnosed mental disorders, said King.
AMMAN, Oct 29 (KUNA) -- The so-called Islamic State or Daesh has executed some 200 deserters who tried to leave its ranks to join Al-Nusra front (Al-Qaeda in the Levant), said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday.