renegade

[ ren-i-geyd ]
/ ˈrɛn ɪˌgeɪd /

noun

a person who deserts a party or cause for another.
an apostate from a religious faith.

adjective

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
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renegade

/ (ˈrɛnɪˌɡeɪd) /

noun

  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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Word Origin and History for renegade

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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