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renegade

[ren-i-geyd]
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noun
  1. a person who deserts a party or cause for another.
  2. an apostate from a religious faith.
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adjective
  1. of or like a renegade; traitorous.
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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

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1. traitor, deserter, betrayer, dissenter.
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  • 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.

  • "One does not hinder the other," said the renegade, dissembling.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • "I have saved you from his infernal machinations;" said the renegade.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • But for thee, proud man, I might have been a hero, and for thee I am a traitor and a renegade.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso


British Dictionary definitions for renegade

renegade

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

C16: from Spanish renegado, from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce, from Latin re- + negāre to deny
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Word Origin and History for renegade

n.

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.

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