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  • n. Plural form of runagate.


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  • Equally does he reject the Tory estimate placed upon them by the Virginia Governor, Smallwood, and other writers of that school, that they were lawless vagabonds and "runagates" -- a phrase which our own Hawks applies to these non-conformist refugees from priestly tyranny.

    Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

  • “Yet I have known something of the Highland runagates too.”

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • The Earl of Montrose is with the English malignants; and I suspect you are one of those Irish runagates, who are come into this country to burn and slay, as they did under Sir Phelim

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Well, said the townsman, we held garrison in the Red Hold for some three months, and thereafter we craved of him to come and be our captain therein; for, even after the Hold was won, there was yet a sort of runagates that haunted the country-side, men who had no craft save lifting and slaying.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Commit securely to true wisdom the vanquishing and uncaging of craft and subtlety, which are but her two runagates.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Meanwhile, tell him to doubt nothing, he shall find us whole and sound behind our battlement — Shame on it, that we should be compelled to hide thus by a pack of runagates, who are wont to fly even at the flash of our pennons and the tramp of our horses!


  • However, as many, or as few, as did their duty, by joining the good company of the minister, found themselves all the better for it, and more fresh for a start than the runagates.


  • “Go your way,” replied the old man in a surly voice, “I will have nothing to do with runagates; seek for yourself a shelter elsewhere.”

    Household Tales

  • They were submitted to my judgment, as evidence for the defence of the two runagates, in an article by my very dear master Father

    Swann's Way

  • Diabolonian runagates in Mansoul, and put strength and courage into the captains that belonged to Emmanuel, the Prince; for they without did gather, and that by this very act of my lord, that Mansoul was resolved to fight, and that the Diabolonians within the town could not do such things as

    The Holy War


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