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 The unclipped chinstrap of his off-kilter helmet only added to his air of renegade insouciance. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 Alternate between dumbbell thrusters and renegade rows with a medium set of weights. Tatiana Lampa, Good Housekeeping, 13 July 2022 The renegade Salamanca demands that Gus show him the secret construction project downstairs. Darren Franich, EW.com, 12 July 2022 Yet another may come with regular cycles, severe acne, and renegade hair growth. Jackie Martin, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2022 In 1933, a handful of renegade teachers opened a school in rural North Carolina that would go on to shape American art and art education for decades to come. New York Times, 7 July 2022 But renegade snakes from the pet trade, who either escaped or were released into the wild, have established a population in the Florida Everglades since the 1980s. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 26 June 2022 Since then, the bicycle has mostly served to establish a protagonist as either a renegade and outcast (Quicksilver, Premium Rush) or a socially and emotionally stunted man-child (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 40-Year-Old Virgin). Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 21 June 2022 By all accounts, Mr. Wilson was erudite about the recondite, a prolific author of some 60 books on topics ranging from angels to pirate utopias and all manner of renegade religions. New York Times, 11 June 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 China has pledged to reunify Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade province, with the mainland, and hasn’t ruled out using military force. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 In 2019, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the self-governing island that China sees as a renegade province. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2022 In 2019, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the self-governing island that China sees as a renegade province. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Even so, a mainland assault on the island, which is self-governed but considered by Beijing to be a renegade province, would create wrenching dilemmas for hundreds of Fortune Global 500 CEOs—including Kempzcinski. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 29 July 2022 China, which considers democratic Taiwan a renegade province and likely aims to retake it at some time in the future, reacted with menacing statements. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 28 July 2022 Still, if this is a harbinger of the war to come, these renegade helpers may be a very good sign. Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2022 The most promising thread involves the renegade A.I. Maeve (Thandiwe Newton), who reunites with Caleb (Aaron Paul), taking off on a mission together. Brian Lowry, CNN, 26 June 2022 Just as life finds a way, Jurassic Park found it way into theaters in 1993, kicking off a franchise by terrifying viewers with tales renegade T-Rexes and velociraptors that hunt in packs. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 17 June 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 20 Aug. 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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