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Saturday, April 10, 2004

Definitions for renege

  1. To go back on a promise or commitment.

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Citations for renege
Today, politicians everywhere routinely renege on pledges in the belief that any problem can be solved by short-term fixes, spin-doctoring or character assassination. Larry Elliott, The Guardian
But now the Senate is proposing to renege on the deal, and the governors are furious. By Judith Havemann, Washington Post
Origin of renege
1540-1550
Renege is from Medieval Latin renegare, "to deny again, to go back upon," from Latin re-, "back, again" + negare, "to say no, to deny."