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[ruhn-uh-geyt] /ˈrʌn əˌgeɪt/
a fugitive or runaway.
a vagabond or wanderer.
Origin of runagate
1520-30; run (v.) + obsolete agate away; sense influenced by obsolete renegate (Middle English renegat < Medieval Latin renegātus renegade) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Well, I must say Marmaduke might have remembered that he had other relatives besides that runagate son," grumbled the squire.

  • Osberne stood up and said: "What hast thou been about, runagate?"

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • This runagate young lawyer, whom chance had blown into his company, had evidently been sent by Fate to make his fortune for him.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Such was indeed my intention up to the year 1785, when I found this runagate at Vienna.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "Nay, no runagate; he goes too slow ever to run," said Don Jordy.

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Thou, false heretic and runagate, sayest that thou wilt not obey our General or Provincial Councils.

  • To avert suspicion that he meant to become a runagate, Ralegh was ready not to command, but to ship as a private man.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • No runagate serf in medival Europe was more severely dealt with than the Congo native who dared to range afield.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • (sun away) or unwary or runagate or run-astray Taylor MS. conj.

  • There came also to them auxiliaries out of Syria, and the country round about; as also many of the runagate Jews.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
British Dictionary definitions for runagate


  1. a vagabond, fugitive, or renegade
  2. (as modifier): a runagate priest
Word Origin
C16: variant (influenced by run) of renegade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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