ren·e·gade | \ˈre-ni-ˌgād \

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


renegades from the Republican Party stories about pirates and renegades on the high seas

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Wild West is, after all, always portrayed as a land of renegades and outlaws; in the British Raj, the fundamental structures designed to prop up the (white, British) guests are melting down. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ride the Tiger," 6 May 2018 Indeed, the approach to monetary policy in emerging markets is, bar a few renegades, rigidly orthodox. The Economist, "How Turkey fell from investment darling to junk-rated emerging market," 19 May 2018 For this trio of culinary renegades, the Ohara valley farmers’ market has become the equivalent of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Explore Kyoto With the Chefs Who Are Turning Culinary Tradition on Its Head," 28 May 2018 The use of a military-grade nerve agent to poison a renegade spook produced a similar result in Britain, pushing the government to close the country’s financial system to questionable Russian money. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 There were two tribes of passionate cryptonistas on the Davos Promenade: the monetary renegades and the transaction settlers. Daniel J. Arbess, Fortune, "Commentary: The Crypto Community Is Splitting in Two—And That’s a Good Thing," 30 Jan. 2018 Simply put, abolishing ICE as a renegade agency and replacing it with a more humane approach to immigration control is sound public policy. Will Bunch,, "Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE | Will Bunch," 5 July 2018 In honor of Cleveland's 68th birthday, a look back at the striking beauty that cemented her status as one of the fashion world's most beloved renegades. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy 68th Birthday, Pat Cleveland! Why the Supermodel is a Beauty Icon to This Day," 23 June 2018 When Moshe learned that two other members of the renegade group had gone to police with suspicions about the Nation of Yahweh’s involvement in the murder, the response was quick and deadly. Jeff Truesdell,, "4 Things You’ll Learn About the Murderous Nation of Yahweh on People Magazine Investigates: Cults," 22 June 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

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 But every year there are renegade fireworks in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and lots of other cities that don’t want them., "Last Word: Too many bombs bursting in air," 6 July 2018 But a group of renegade Republican moderates are unwilling to wait. Mike Debonis And Seung Min Kim,, "GOP moderates push immigration debate as White House and Ryan reopen talks," 17 May 2018 Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province of China, while Hong Kong and Macau are former British and Portuguese colonies that returned to Chinese sovereignty two decades ago. Mark Landler,, "Shopper’s delight: Unique boutiques and bargain browsing, all with no tax," 5 May 2018 Instead of renegade robots preying on humans, the show zeroed in on the nascent humanity of these artificial constructs, contrasted with the brutality inflicted upon them by people indulging their darkest impulses and fantasies. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Westworld' remains easy to admire, harder to like in new season," 19 Apr. 2018 An abbreviated chop is that much more versatile in the right pair of renegade hands. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Olivia Wilde Shakes Up Her Bob With a No-Commitment Trick for a Date With Jason Sudeikis," 19 Apr. 2018 The house is still mostly family-owned and, from the outside at least, retains a renegade spirit that's less common among the risk-managing, venture capital-dispensing high-end conglomerate set. Max Berlinger, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 18 Apr. 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 \

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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