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[ri-nig, -neg, -neeg]
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verb (used without object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
  1. Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
  2. to go back on one's word: He has reneged on his promise.
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verb (used with object), re·neged, re·neg·ing.
  1. Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
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  1. Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
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Origin of renege

1540–50; earlier renegue < Medieval Latin renegāre, equivalent to re- re- + negāre to deny (cf. negative)
Related formsre·neg·er, noun
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Related Words for reneger

renegade, deserter, sellout, turncoat, rat, recreant, apostate, absconder, runaway, tergiversator, reneger, runagate

British Dictionary definitions for reneger



  1. (intr often foll by on) to go back (on one's promise, etc)
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verb, noun
  1. cards other words for revoke
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Derived Formsreneger or reneguer, noun

Word Origin for renege

C16 (in the sense: to deny, renounce): from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce; see renegade
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Word Origin and History for reneger



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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