From Spanish renegado, from Medieval Latin renegātus, perfect participle of renegō (“I deny”). See also renege.
renegade (plural renegades)
- An outlaw or rebel.
- A disloyal person who betrays or deserts a cause, religion, political party, friend, etc.
disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion etc.
renegade (third-person singular simple present renegades, present participle renegading, simple past and past participle renegaded)
- To desert one's cause, or change one's loyalties; to commit betrayal.
- 1859, Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine (volume 3, page 740)
- The recent arrangement, obtained by Lord Stratford, as to the case of a Christian renegading to Mohammedanism […]