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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Renegade \Ren"e*gade\ (r?n"?-g?d), n. [Sp. renegado, LL. renegatus, fr. renegare to deny; L. pref. re- re- + negare to deny. See Negation, and cf. Runagate.] One faithless to principle or party. Specifically: (a) An apostate from Christianity or from any form of religious faith. [1913 Webster] James justly regarded these renegades as the most serviceable tools that he could employ. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] (b) One who deserts from a military or naval post; a deserter. --Arbuthnot. (c) A common vagabond; a worthless or wicked fellow. [1913 Webster]