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renegade

noun ren·e·gade \ ˈre-ni-ˌgād \

Definition of renegade

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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renegade

verb

Definition of renegade

renegaded; renegading
intransitive verb
:to become a renegade

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First Known Use of renegade

circa 1611


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renegade

adjective

Definition of renegade

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

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First Known Use of renegade

1636


RENEGADE Defined for English Language Learners

renegade

noun

Definition of renegade for English Language Learners

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

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


RENEGADE Defined for Kids

renegade

noun ren·e·gade \ ˈre-ni-ˌgād \

Definition of renegade for Students

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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