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[ri-nig, -neg, -neeg] /rɪˈnɪg, -ˈnɛg, -ˈnig/
verb (used without object), reneged, reneging.
Cards. to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play.
to go back on one's word:
He has reneged on his promise.
verb (used with object), reneged, reneging.
Archaic. to deny; disown; renounce.
Cards. an act or instance of reneging.
1540-50; earlier renegue < Medieval Latin renegāre, equivalent to re- re- + negāre to deny (cf. negative)
Related forms
reneger, noun Unabridged
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  • He later reneged on the deals and heaped more taxes on these industries than promised.
  • However, the government has reportedly reneged on this mandate, and has postponed that deadline indefinitely.
  • 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


/rɪˈniːɡ; -ˈneɪɡ/
(intransitive) often foll by on. to go back (on one's promise, etc)
verb, noun
(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



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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