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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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Examples from the web for reneging
  • They felt that the faculty and administration were reneging on the sense of their initial supporting resolution.
  • Meanwhile, businessmen complain that the government is reneging on its promise to simplify and reduce taxes.
  • Both, however, would mean reneging on election pledges.
  • Debt that cannot be serviced leads at one point to the reneging on that promise to pay.
  • Sanctions for reneging on the agreement were appropriate.
  • Furthermore, a government does not gain policy credibility by reneging on commitments.
  • Nobody will give you a loan on a house where you're reneging on current mortgage payments, bottom line.
British Dictionary definitions for reneging

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 reneging

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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