- Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
- to go back on one's word: He has reneged on his promise.
- Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
- Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
Origin of renege
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Contemporary Examples of renege
Dubowitz, however, says he is concerned Moscow could renege on its promise not to sell Iran the S-300.Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran
April 8, 2014
Will Syria collapse or Egypt renege on the Camp David Accords?Yair Lapid and the Peace Process
April 25, 2013
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger convinced Reagan to renege on his support for these cuts, so they never happened.Reagan’s Deal With Democrats for Tax Increases Paired With Spending Cuts Is a Myth
John M. Barry
December 5, 2012
Historical Examples of renege
I treated them two or three times and never once did they renege.
It occurred to him that he could agree now to join forces with Charles, then go back to Gobignon and renege on his promise.The Saracen: The Holy War
"You've never seen the day when you wanted to renege, Upton, and you know it," he hit back.The Wreckers
- (intr often foll by on) to go back (on one's promise, etc)
- cards other words for revoke
Word Origin for renege
1540s, "deny, renounce, abandon," from Medieval Latin renegare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + negare "deny" (see deny). Meaning "change one's mind" is from 1784. Related: Reneged; reneging.