runagate

[ ruhn-uh-geyt ]
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noun
  1. a fugitive or runaway.

  2. a vagabond or wanderer.

Origin of runagate

1
1520–30; run (v.) + obsolete agate away; sense influenced by obsolete renegate (Middle English renegat<Medieval Latin renegātusrenegade)

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How to use runagate in a sentence

  • Thou, false heretic and runagate, sayest that thou wilt not obey our General or Provincial Councils.

  • There came also to them auxiliaries out of Syria, and the country round about; as also many of the runagate Jews.

    The Antiquities of the Jews | Flavius Josephus
  • He then got together an army, as large as he was able, and joined to it the runagate and wicked Jews, and came against Judas.

    The Antiquities of the Jews | Flavius Josephus
  • It mattered nothing that she loved hopelessly a graceless runagate--and knew it well.

    Nobody | Louis Joseph Vance
  • runagate is well known to be a corrupt doublet of renegade, one who has "denied" his faith.

British Dictionary definitions for runagate

runagate

/ (ˈrʌnəˌɡeɪt) /


noun
  1. archaic

    • a vagabond, fugitive, or renegade

    • (as modifier): a runagate priest

Origin of runagate

1
C16: variant (influenced by run) of renegade

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