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From Spanish renegado, from Medieval Latin reneg?tus, perfect participle of reneg? ("I deny"). See also renege.
renegade (plural renegades)
- An outlaw or rebel.
- A disloyal person who betrays or deserts a cause, religion, political party, friend, etc.
etymologically related to neg?
disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion etc.
renegade (third-person singular simple present renegades, present participle renegading, simple past and past participle renegaded)
- (dated) To desert one's cause, or change one's loyalties; to commit betrayal.
- 1859, Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine (volume 3, page 740)
- The recent arrangement, obtained by Lord Stratford, as to the case of a Christian renegading to Mohammedanism [...]
- "renegade" in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001-2020.