- a person who deserts a party or cause for another.
- an apostate from a religious faith.
- of or like a renegade; traitorous.
Origin of renegade
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Examples from the Web for renegade
What does that promising growth mean for the renegade brewers at Casa Bruja?House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
To paraphrase the renegade philosopher Hannibal, I love it when science comes together.Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years
Matthew R. Francis
October 5, 2014
One of the strongest of the anti-Islamists is a renegade general, Khalifa Haftar, who is fighting in the east.Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse
August 27, 2014
Earlier this year, Miller responded to calls to stand with Cliven Bundy and declared common cause with the renegade rancher.Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers
June 10, 2014
This is not a renegade observation; it is a commonplace among experts on the case.Equality Matters More Than Integration in Schools
May 15, 2014
I told him to kill you, you lying, renegade Injun—and if he couldn't, I can!Good Indian
B. M. Bower
But he had seen some renegade priests and had despised them.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
"One does not hinder the other," said the renegade, dissembling.
"I have saved you from his infernal machinations;" said the renegade.
But for thee, proud man, I might have been a hero, and for thee I am a traitor and a renegade.
- a person who deserts his or her cause or faith for another; apostate; traitor
- (as modifier)a renegade priest
- any outlaw or rebel
Word Origin and History for renegade
1580s, "apostate," probably (with change of suffix) from Spanish renegado, originally "Christian turned Muslim," from Medieval Latin renegatus, noun use of past participle of renegare "deny" (see renege). General sense of "turncoat" is from 1660s. The form renegate, directly from Medieval Latin, is attested in English from late 14c. As an adjective from 1705.