Definition of renegade in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrenəˌɡād/


1A person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.
Example sentences
  • Let India reclaim itself from the criminals and outlaws, reprobates and renegades.
  • The expansion of Anglo-Norman lords in Ireland took place through alliances with Irishmen whom it is anachronistic to label renegades or traitors.
  • He didn't want a band of renegades looking to make trouble near his family.
traitor, defector, deserter, turncoat, rebel, mutineer
1.1A person who behaves in a rebelliously unconventional manner.
Example sentences
  • Does our new TV image now exclude the drag queen heroes and social renegades who gave rise to the Stonewall revolution?
  • In 1970, when I first started rock climbing, I thought it was a sport for renegades and eccentrics, maybe like tree climbing is today.
  • Between there and the mainland were only a few scattered fishermen, renegades, loners and eccentrics.
1.2 archaic A person who abandons religion; an apostate.
Example sentences
  • These renegades have rebelled against and rejected Heaven and His life, so they must in turn be denied life.
apostate, heretic, dissenter


1Having treacherously changed allegiance: a renegade bodyguard
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  • In El Salvador in the 1980s, 55 special forces troops beat back a guerrilla insurgency while gradually integrating renegade militias into a newly professionalized national army.
  • The rioters blame the 10,800-strong UN force in Congo for failing to stop Wednesday's capture of the eastern border city of Bukavu by renegade commanders once allied with neighbouring Rwanda.
  • The so-called ‘janjaweed,’ to which news reports refer, are a renegade element of the Popular Defense Force.
treacherous, traitorous, disloyal, treasonous, rebel, mutinous
1.1 archaic Having abandoned one’s religious beliefs: a renegade monk
apostate, heretic, heretical, dissident


Late 15th century: from Spanish renegado, from medieval Latin renegatus 'renounced', past participle (used as a noun) of renegare, from re- (expressing intensive force) + Latin negare 'deny'.

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Syllabification: ren·e·gade

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