renegade

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noun

ren·​e·​gade ˈre-ni-ˌgād How to pronounce renegade (audio)
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: a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
2
: an individual who rejects lawful or conventional behavior

renegade

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verb

renegaded; renegading

intransitive verb

: to become a renegade

renegade

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adjective

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

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
City leaders and police officers have responded to complaints about the renegade driver with warnings, citations, criminal charges and a lawsuit. Mike Baker, New York Times, 29 May 2024 By the time the highway opened in the 1920s, this town of renegades planted beside the Santa Fe Railroad had already fallen. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 May 2023
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
Adjective
The mystery of Satoshi is the last remnant of a more innocent time in its history, when crypto was a renegade, communal system that seemed to have materialized out of thin air. David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times, 21 May 2024 In the new Netflix film, Lopez, 54, stars as data analyst Atlas Shepherd, whose deep distrust of artificial intelligence is tested after going on a mission to capture a renegade robot, according to a description for the Netflix film. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for renegade 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of renegade was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Renegade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/renegade. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

renegade

1 of 2 noun
ren·​e·​gade ˈren-i-ˌgād How to pronounce renegade (audio)
1
: a person who deserts a faith, cause, or party
2
: a person who rejects lawful or acceptable behavior

renegade

2 of 2 adjective
1
: having deserted a faith, cause, or party
2
: having rejected tradition : unconventional

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