• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Runagate A fugitive; a vagabond; an apostate; a renegade. See Renegade. "Wretched runagates from the jail.""Who has not been a runagate from duty?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • runagate Renegade; apostate.
    • runagate Wandering about; vagabond.
    • n runagate A renegade; an apostate; hence, more broadly, one who deserts any cause; a turncoat.
    • n runagate One who runs away; a fugitive; a runaway.
    • n runagate A runabout; a vagabond; a wanderer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Runagate run′a-gāt a vagabond: renegade: an apostate: a fugitive.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. renégat, Prov. renegat,. LL. renegatus,; confused with E. run, and gate, a way. See Renegade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A corr. of renegade, but modified both in form and meaning by run.


In literature:

The Syrian runagate: perhaps I'm writing for nothing in trusting my letter to him.
"Introduction to Robert Browning" by Hiram Corson
We hired a nigger-boy to do our work, and a lazy grinning runagate he was.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
Waste not your shafts upon such runagate knaves.
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He then got together an army, as large as he was able, and joined to it the runagate and wicked Jews, and came against Judas.
"The Antiquities of the Jews" by Flavius Josephus
John then betook himself, together with his two thousand Syrian runagates, from open attempts, to more secret ways of treachery.
"The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem" by Flavius Josephus
The wife of Cosimo d'Anguissola a runagate with her husband's cousin?
"The Strolling Saint" by Raphael Sabatini
We who are not wise are mere exiles, runagates, enemies of our country, and madmen.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Once or twice we had word from our runagates.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
The faith of your sick master the Runagate!
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
Your mother, you runagate, wasn't your father's wife, I'll be bail.
"The Poor Scholar" by William Carleton