American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A renegade or deserter.
- n. A vagabond.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Renegade; apostate.
- Wandering about; vagabond.
- n. A renegade; an apostate; hence, more broadly, one who deserts any cause; a turncoat.
- n. One who runs away; a fugitive; a runaway.
- n. A runabout; a vagabond; a wanderer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A fugitive; a vagabond; an apostate; a renegade. See renegade.
- Alteration of obsolete renegate, renegade (influenced by run and agate, on the way), from Middle English, from Medieval Latin renegātus; see renegade. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
““Fire upon him!” said the Lady of Lochleven; “if there be here a true servant of his father, let him shoot the runagate dead, and let the lake cover our shame!””
“Constantinople, whither the tidings preceded them that King Afridun had prevailed over the Moslems; so quoth the ancient dame, Zat al-Dawahi, “I know that my son Hardub, King of Roum, is no runagate and that he feareth not the Islamitic hosts, but will restore the whole world to the Nazarene faith.””
“If there were real reason for apprehension he would follow the runagate to the Continent, but he would not do this without absolute knowledge.”
“The prisoners are, of course, white men, and the lower orders of Bermuda, among whom alone could a runagate have any chance of hiding himself, are all negroes; so that such a one would be known at once.”
“Without free trade — in its sweeter and more innocent maidenhood of smuggling — there never could have been on board that English ship the Victory, a man, unless he were a runagate, with a mind of such laxity as to understand French.”
“Lorna might be discovered, or at any rate heard of, before the end of this campaign; if campaign it could be called of a man who went to fight nobody, only to redeem a runagate?”
“But when my poor mother heard that I was committed, by word of honour, to a wild-goose chase, among the rebels, after that runagate Tom Faggus, she simply stared, and would not believe it.”
“Item, he showed also that my Lord Willbewill was turned a very rebel and runagate, and that so was one Mr. Mind, his clerk; and that they two did range and revel it all the town over, and teach the wicked ones their ways.”
“One side will see you as a runagate, the other as a traitor.”
“CHAPTER VI - THE FRENCH CLERGYMAN'S COUNSEL HAVING thus given an account of the colony in general, and pretty much of my runagate Englishmen, I must say something of the Spaniards, who were the main body of the family, and in whose story there are some incidents also remarkable enough.”
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