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renegade

[ren-i-geyd] /ˈrɛn ɪˌgeɪd/
noun
1.
a person who deserts a party or cause for another.
2.
an apostate from a religious faith.
adjective
3.
of or like a renegade; traitorous.
Origin of renegade
1575-1585
1575-85; < Spanish renegado < Medieval Latin renegātus (noun use of past participle of renegāre to desert, renege), equivalent to re- re- + neg-, base of negāre to deny + -ātus -ade1
Synonyms
1. traitor, deserter, betrayer, dissenter.
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renegade

/ˈrɛnɪˌɡeɪd/
noun
1.
  1. a person who deserts his or her cause or faith for another; apostate; traitor
  2. (as modifier): a renegade priest
2.
any outlaw or rebel
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish renegado, from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce, from Latin re- + negāre to deny
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Word Origin and History for renegade
n.

1580s, "apostate," probably (with change of suffix) from Spanish renegado, originally "Christian turned Muslim," from Medieval Latin renegatus, noun use of past participle of renegare "deny" (see renege). General sense of "turncoat" is from 1660s. The form renegate, directly from Medieval Latin, is attested in English from late 14c. As an adjective from 1705.

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