renegade

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

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

renegade

verb
renegaded; renegading

Definition of renegade (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become a renegade

renegade

adjective

Definition of renegade (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for renegade

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of renegade in a Sentence

Noun 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 Hours before the Senate vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican and sometime Party renegade, implored Democrats to use the moment to press for maternal, infant, and child care. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 Scientists say an equally vexing challenge is posed by renegade fish that escape the pens and mate with wild salmon to produce offspring that are genetically ill-equipped to survive. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 Since then, Corrin has established herself as a true style renegade, with a particularly keen eye for avant-garde looks from the likes of Schiaparelli, Prada, and JW Anderson. Vogue, 10 Apr. 2022 The Boys follows a group of celebrity superheroes who abuse their powers for their own selfish gains and a renegade group of outlaws who are trying to bring them down. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2022 He had been inspired by the methodical nonsense of the French literary renegade Raymond Roussel, who built lengthy novels and plays around arbitrary puns. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 One unexpected outcome of Edison’s power grab, however, was that a group of renegade producers, eager to escape the Wizard’s lawyers, set up shop in a small town with lax patent laws and year-round sunshine: Hollywood, California. Nat Segnit, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 China has for decades regarded Taiwan as a renegade breakaway state. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 10 Mar. 2022 Some of them — especially those who stand to profit off his bitcoin bet — still hold Bukele up as the kind of monetary renegade that crypto aficionados need in national office. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Do Not Disturb follows Karegeya’s life from African herd boy to BMW-driving government spy to renegade refugee who fell prey to the boredom, loneliness, and conspiracies of exile. Claude Gatebuke, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since bursting onto the scene in the late aughties with hip-hop collective Odd Future, Tyler, The Creator has become known as much for his bombastic lyrics as his renegade personal style. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, 8 Dec. 2021 Moscow, Washington and a CIA analyst track a renegade Soviet captain and his new submarine. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 The war in Ukraine has rattled many in Taiwan, renewing interest in preparing to resist an invasion by China, which regards the island as a renegade province and has vowed to take control of it—if necessary, by force. Josh Chin, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Lithuania is also dealing with pressure from another large power — China — for its relationship with Taiwan, the island China regards as a renegade province. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Mar. 2022 The mainland's official position is that Ukraine and Taiwan can't be compared because the former is an independent sovereign entity, while the latter is a renegade province that has always been a part of China. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2022 Lightning In a Bottle festival and Symbiosis festivals, along with the dozens of smaller, more renegade gatherings that happened throughout the region. Katie Bain, Billboard, 3 Feb. 2022 China has long argued that Taiwan—a self-ruling island off the coast of the mainland—is a renegade province, and has insisted that it will be reintegrated into China. Erich Schwartzel, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 The book centers on a renegade Russian who has a new-age submarine at his command. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of renegade

Noun

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for renegade

Noun

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renegade. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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renegade

noun
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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