- 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
Examples from the Web for reneging
The men were accused of reneging on pledges to stop working for the Iraqi government.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
Speaker John Boehner is open about the possibility of reneging.Michael Tomasky on GOP Plans to Sink the Economy
March 13, 2012
He later accused President Bush of reneging on “compassionate conservatism” and manipulating Christian voters.I Survived the Bush Presidency
The Daily Beast
January 8, 2009
- (intr often foll by on) to go back (on one's promise, etc)
- cards other words for revoke
Word Origin and History for reneging
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.