renegade


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.
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             James justly regarded these renegades as the most
             serviceable tools that he could employ. --Macaulay.
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   (b) One who deserts from a military or naval post; a
       deserter. --Arbuthnot.
   (c) A common vagabond; a worthless or wicked fellow.
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