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defect from (something)

To desert something. I defected from my homeland after witnessing the atrocities carried out by the government.
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defect to (something)

To desert something in order to join something else. I defected to this country after witnessing the atrocities being carried out in my homeland.
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defect from something

to run away from something; to forsake something. Thousands of soldiers defected from the army. Roger would never think of defecting from the armed services.
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defect to something

to forsake one group and take up with another. Will he defect to the other side? David defected to a small East European country.
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References in classic literature ?
For defect, which is an evil, has excess for its contrary, this also being an evil, and the mean.
There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil-- a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.
Philip had never been able to surmount what he acknowledged was a defect in his resolute desire for a well ordered life, and that was his passion for living in the future; and no sooner was he settled in his work at the hospital than he had busied himself with arrangements for his travels.
Everyone had some defect, of body or of mind: he thought of all the people he had known (the whole world was like a sick-house, and there was no rhyme or reason in it), he saw a long procession, deformed in body and warped in mind, some with illness of the flesh, weak hearts or weak lungs, and some with illness of the spirit, languor of will, or a craving for liquor.
This is what I find the fatal defect of our American Ossian, Walt Whitman, whose way is where artistic madness lies.
I have a theory that any physical defect has its correlative mental and moral defect.
Well, and can the eyes fulfil their end if they are wanting in their own proper excellence and have a defect instead?
And we have admitted that justice is the excellence of the soul, and injustice the defect of the soul?
For example, in the animal kingdom the physiologist has observed that no creatures are favorites, but a certain compensation balances every gift and every defect.
Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess.
As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man had ever a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him.
The same guards which protect us from disaster, defect, and enmity, defend us, if we will, from selfishness and fraud.
I am not conscious, madam," said he, "of any defect there; nor am I, I hope, suspected of any such.
In the following cases: physical defect in the married parties, desertion without communication for five years," he said, crooking a short finger covered with hair, "adultery" (this word he pronounced with obvious satisfaction), "subdivided as follows" (he continued to crook his fat fingers, though the three cases and their subdivisions could obviously not be classified together): "physical defect of the husband or of the wife, adultery of the husband or of the wife.