[ ren-i-geyd ]
/ ˈrɛn ɪˌgeɪd /


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

1575–85; < Spanish renegado < Medieval Latin renegātus (noun use of past participle of renegāre to desert, renege), equivalent to re- re- + neg-, base of negāre to deny + -ātus -ade1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for renegade

/ (ˈrɛnɪˌɡeɪd) /


  1. a person who deserts his or her cause or faith for another; apostate; traitor
  2. (as modifier)a renegade priest
any outlaw or rebel

Word Origin for renegade

C16: from Spanish renegado, from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce, from Latin re- + negāre to deny
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