[ri-nig, -neg, -neeg]
verb (used without object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
Origin of renege
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Related Words for renegerrenegade, deserter, sellout, turncoat, rat, recreant, apostate, absconder, runaway, tergiversator, runagate
(intr often foll by on) to go back (on one's promise, etc)
Word Origin for renege
C16 (in the sense: to deny, renounce): from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce; see renegade
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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.
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