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renege

[ri-nig, -neg, -neeg] /rɪˈnɪg, -ˈnɛg, -ˈnig/
verb (used without object), reneged, reneging.
1.
Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
2.
to go back on one's word:
He has reneged on his promise.
verb (used with object), reneged, reneging.
3.
Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
noun
4.
Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; earlier renegue < Medieval Latin renegāre, equivalent to re- re- + negāre to deny (cf. negative)
Related forms
reneger, noun
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  • He later reneged on the deals and heaped more taxes on these industries than promised.
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  • Someone up there mentioned using the term in a card game, saying they reneged and he called them out for being a reneger.
  • The government promised a speedy trial but has reneged, dragging out the process while keeping it far from view.
  • But, as so often in the political sphere, some early pledges are being reneged upon.
  • It reneged on its debt, paid later without paying interest on that delay.
  • For one thing, teachers pay into their pensions, have paid into it for years while the state reneged.
  • Indentured servants were then used to supply this rigorous fieldwork, but many of them reneged on their indentures.
British Dictionary definitions for reneged

renege

/rɪˈniːɡ; -ˈneɪɡ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by on. to go back (on one's promise, etc)
verb, noun
2.
(cards) other words for revoke
Derived Forms
reneger, reneguer, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: to deny, renounce): from Medieval Latin renegāre to renounce; see renegade
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Word Origin and History for reneged

renege

v.

1540s, "deny, renounce, abandon," from Medieval Latin renegare, from Latin re-, here probably an intensive prefix, + negare "deny" (see deny). Meaning "change one's mind" is from 1784. Related: Reneged; reneging.

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