One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who has run away; a deserter.
fugitive, escaper, escapeeView synonyms
- ‘Floyd is not only a thief, but a runagate - light-footed as well as light-fingered.’
- ‘He is a runagate, and worse than a rogue.’
- ‘I found this runagate at Vienna.’
- ‘The runagate demanded of her in her own language, whether her father were in the garden, or no.’
- ‘We are bought and sold like apes or monkeys, to be the sport of women, fools, and cowards; and the support of rogues and runagates.’
Mid 16th century: variant of dialect renegate, from medieval Latin renegatus ‘renounced’: see renegade.
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