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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Spanish
Origin: renegado, from Medieval Latin renegare 'to say that something is not true', from Latin negare; NEGATE

renegade

noun
     
ren‧e‧gade [countable] literary
someone who leaves one side in a war, politics etc in order to join the opposing side - used to show disapproval:
a renegade army unit

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