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renegade

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noun ren·e·gade \ˈre-ni-ˌgād\

Simple Definition of renegade

  • : a person who leaves one group, religion, etc., and joins another that opposes it

  • : someone or something that causes trouble and cannot be controlled

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of renegade

  1. 1 :  a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another

  2. 2 :  an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior

Examples of renegade in a sentence

  1. renegades from the Republican Party

  2. stories about pirates and renegades on the high seas



Origin of renegade

Spanish renegado, from Medieval Latin renegatus, from past participle of renegare to deny, from Latin re- + negare to deny — more at negate


First Known Use: 1583


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renegade

verb, ren·e·gade

Definition of renegade

renegadedrenegading

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become a renegade



Circa 1611

First Known Use of renegade

circa 1611


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renegade

adjective ren·e·gade

Definition of renegade

  1. 1 :  having deserted a faith, cause, or religion for a hostile one

  2. 2 :  having rejected tradition :  unconventional



1705

First Known Use of renegade

1705


RENEGADE Defined for Kids

renegade

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noun ren·e·gade \ˈre-ni-ˌgād\

Definition of renegade for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who deserts a faith, cause, or party

  2. 2 :  a person who does not obey rules <“They were renegades who thought they had permission to steal from the rich …” — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>





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