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


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

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 Though nobody was buying that Elliott, known for his roles as a renegade and cowboy, actually performed his moves, the break dancing challenge still seemed to wow, according to Google Trends. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "A star is reborn: Baby Nut and other Super Bowl commercials that stole the night," 3 Feb. 2020 The head of the broadcaster, who had not been informed of his underling’s renegade behaviour, was scandalised. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 Mainland Chinese authorities regard Taiwan, the last stronghold of the government overthrown when the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, as a renegade province. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "‘Not just a regional conflict’: US won’t allow China to invade Taiwan, lawmaker says," 13 Jan. 2020 That, at least, is the prevailing image: The individual renegade who headed west to strike it rich by his own initiative. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Bitcoin's Path From Insurgents’ Talisman to Tool of Big Tech," 22 Dec. 2019 Ever since, the Communist Party has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that should be brought into one China under Beijing’s control. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Taiwan’s tea party aims to burst Beijing’s one-China bubble," 15 Dec. 2019 The gender-fluid renegade, who since the mid-1970s as a member of the pioneering British industrial band Throbbing Gristle has been known as Genesis P-Orridge, has cut through culture’s obsession with propriety one slice at a time. Los Angeles Times, "Genesis P-Orridge shares their vision for ‘gender evolution,’ possibly for the last time," 23 Oct. 2019 From the wide-open landscapes of the West and the outback, rose up cowboys and sheriffs, rebels and renegades, miners and mountaineers. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "Full transcript: The toasts of President Trump and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the state dinner for Australia," 21 Sep. 2019 He was born on the Greek island of Lesbos, the son of a Christian renegade who had joined the Ottoman army. Oruç, Barbarossa’s elder brother, was the first to take to the sea in search of adventure. National Geographic, "This 16th-century corsair was the most feared pirate of the Mediterranean," 8 Oct. 2019 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 Voters chose Tsai’s tough stance against China over Han’s arguments for friendlier ties with Beijing, which considers self-governing Taiwan a renegade province to be brought under its control, by force if necessary. NBC News, "Taiwan's president wins as voters back tough China stance," 11 Jan. 2020 So Tom and John will argue their own case against the faggots and Jews and renegade whites that wish to take my family’s home away and give it to an Ethiopian national. oregonlive, "White supremacists on trial for inciting murder required extraordinary security in Portland; case reverberates 30 years later," 8 Jan. 2020 Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province, but Hong Kong’s experience has made Taiwan more resistant to reunification. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, "Trudy Rubin: Hong Kong crisis has become a crucial test of future US-China relations," 24 Nov. 2019 An Air Force pilot matches wits with a renegade colleague who is threatening to detonate a pair of nuclear warheads. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The Lib Dems have also decided not to oppose Dominic Grieve, a renegade ex-Tory running as an independent in Beaconsfield. The Economist, "Nigel Farage’s Christmas present to Boris Johnson," 14 Nov. 2019 Beijing regards the island as a renegade province; self-governing Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign nation. Amy Gunia / Hong Kong, Time, "The Murder Suspect Whose Case Sparked the Hong Kong Protests Has Walked Free," 24 Oct. 2019 All that brazenness finally drove the left to drop its multicultural blinders and accept the truth of renegade Chinese oppression. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How China ‘Woke’ America," 3 Oct. 2019 Everyone, even renegade financier Jho Low, is entitled to legal counsel. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Wall Street and Silicon Valley Are Going to War Over IPOs—Data Sheet," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Feb 2020

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“Renegade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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