One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who gives up or abandons something, as a place or belief.
Originally and chiefly US. Characterized by or relating to default or non-payment.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Goodwin (?1594–1665), Independent minister. From classical Latin relinquent-, relinquēns, present participle of relinquere relinquish.
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