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Definition of renegade

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
2 : an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior


renegaded; renegading

Definition of renegade (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become a renegade



Definition of renegade (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : having deserted a faith, cause, or religion for a hostile one
2 : having rejected tradition : unconventional

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renegade

Synonyms: Noun

apostate, defector, deserter, recreant

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of renegade in a Sentence


The group was full of free spirits and renegades who challenged every assumption of what art should be. She regaled him with stories about pirates and renegades on the high seas.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While many connoisseurs claim that only pig is true barbecue, there are offerings in chicken, turkey, and a few renegades—mostly from Texas—who profess at the barbecue altar of beef. Verna Gates,, "The Alabama barbecue road trip you must take this summer," 5 June 2019 She is remembered as temperamental, consumed by her art, or as a noble renegade, relentless in her pursuit of some undeniable greater truth. ... Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "The Charming Letters of One of America’s Painting Legends," 3 May 2019 In a complementary follow up, the renegade visionary then put a subversive twist on the Ashish show, splashing different vivid hues of glitter on the brows, lids, and lips. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 Hiandra Martinez takes on the bride as a renegade, a maverick, and a mother. Carine Roitfeld, Harper's BAZAAR, "The modern bride is a rebel, a romantic, a maverick, a mother–and so much more.," 2 Apr. 2019 Ever the renegade at 60 years old, Jamie Lee Curtis continues to grace the red carpet on her own accord. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 60, Jamie Lee Curtis Turns Shocking White Everything Into the Ultimate Red Carpet Move," 7 Jan. 2019 In the small favors department, Donald Trump can be thankful for how his renegade lawyer Michael Cohen chose to oblige committee Democrats by fanning the dying embers of Russiagate. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Mr. Chaos vs. The Swamp," 5 Mar. 2019 While there are pictures of Han Solo in the background of many of his videos, Aguilar pays tribute to another famous sci-fi renegade: Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor from Marvel comics and Avengers movies. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Engineer Teen Builds His Own Prosthesis From Lego," 8 Feb. 2019 Skateboarding had gone from renegade to recreation. Jeff Ihaza, New York Times, "Skateboarders Won," 7 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Groark was persuaded to join Lowell P. Weicker Jr.’s renegade A Connecticut Party in 1990 and served one term as lieutenant governor before launching a losing bid for governor in 1994. Matthew Kauffman,, "Former Lt. Gov. Eunice Groark Dies at 80," 9 May 2018 Reporters are notoriously averse to collective action and their employers are notoriously averse to renegade employees. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The White House Press, Like Other D.C. Institutions, Is Broken," 19 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In fact Davis, the architect of Oakland’s runaway success and renegade image during its classic rock (’60s, ’70s and ’80s) era, was not yet affiliated with the Raiders the last time they were spanked this harshly. John Walters, Newsweek, "Raiders of the Lost Art of Winning: Will Jim Harbaugh Be Their Indiana Jones?," 5 Dec. 2014 One incident in 2014 left its walls painted blue and plastered with bizarre renegade art fly posters. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Prada Makes an Unlikely Cameo on The Simpsons," 11 Jan. 2019 When your mother is Madonna, a renegade spirit runs through your blood by default. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Is Shattering Beauty Stereotypes With Body Hair—Just Like Her Famous Mother," 6 Nov. 2018 From the punkish bowl cuts to the jagged baby bangs framed by waist-grazing waves, Palau was inspired by renegade women of the ‘60s and ’70s. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Rising Model Just Chopped Off All Her Hair to Look Like a Bad Girl Movie Heroine," 2 Oct. 2018 This new approach is based on the premise that our modern lifestyles — along with environmental assaults from infectious pathogens and toxins — are as much to blame for Alzheimer’s as renegade genes or plaques. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 This is not the first time that an actor's face has been digitally inserted into a Star Wars film, though this instance is a bit more renegade than the appearances of Grand Moff Tarkin or Princess Leia in Rogue One. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Harrison Ford Starring in 'Solo' Thanks to Deepfakes," 17 Oct. 2018 But that may further complicate an already messy fight that has unfolded within House Republican ranks since a band of renegade GOP moderates launched an effort to circumvent their leadership and force votes on immigration bills. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The Democratic establishment strikes back in California, New Jersey and other primaries," 6 June 2018 The island transitioned to its own democratic political system in the 1980s and is considered by Beijing to be a renegade province. Suyin Haynes / Taipei, Time, "One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of renegade


circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above


1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for renegade


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

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English Language Learners 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


ren·​e·​gade | \ ˈre-ni-ˌgād How to pronounce renegade (audio) \

Kids Definition of renegade

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