• WordNet 3.6
    • v renege fail to fulfill a promise or obligation "She backed out of her promise"
    • n renege the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Renege To deny. "That with great rage he stoutly doth denay ."
    • v. t Renege To deny; to disown. "All Europe high (all sorts of rights reneged Against the truth and thee unholy leagued."
    • Renege To fail to keep (a commitment or promise); -- often used with on; as, to renege on one's promise.
    • Renege (Card Playing) To revoke; to play a card that cannot legally be played according to the rules.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • renege To deny; disown; renounce.
    • renege To deny.
    • renege In card-playing, to play a card that is not of the suit led (as is allowable in some games); also, by extension, to revoke. Also renig.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Renege (Shak.) to deny, disown: to revoke at cards—also Renig′ (U.S.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. renegare,. See Renegade


In literature:

But the Cooke company treacherously reneged.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
God I'll wed him, and I'll not renege.
"The Playboy of the Western World" by J. M. Synge
We fought for the royal Stuarts that reneged us against the Williamites and they betrayed us.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
The USA and the EU reneged on all their commitments: financial as well as humanitarian.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Then she made a big fuss, but it was too late to renege.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
He'll never have to explain why his father reneged on a job he was trusted to do.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
You're going to renege, are you?
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
Filipson wouldn't renege, but generals were expendable.
"A Matter of Proportion" by Anne Walker
The only penalty for a renege is two tricks.
"Competition" by James Causey
I am young enough to have been annoyed, and altogether eject and renegate the whole idea of political affairs.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In news:

According to's Matt Weber, arbitrator Shyam Das recently ruled the Mets had the right to renege on their 2007 contract agreement with Torrealba because the terms of the deal were subject to a physical.
Janet Abaroa's family says her husband has reneged on an agreement to allow authorities to exhume her body from her final resting place in Pennsylvania.
So it was quite a disappointment to me to hear that high tech flywheel company Beacon Power did a Solyndra and reneged on a government loan because it could not finance its debts from income.
Charges say man reneged on golf hole -in-one prizes.
They reneged on the promise.
For months now, the Senate Democrats have been slamming their Republican counterparts for reneging on their pledge to ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch in support of independent and nonpartisan redistricting.
But records obtained by The Courier-Journal show that several of those council members reneged on their promise to go on furloughs.
Most of the council members who reneged said they thought the money would be removed from their paychecks automatically or didn't know how to make it work.
But in most situations, reneging on bondholders will not be enough to restore fiscal soundness.
Will the US, the UN and the Palestinians renege on prior agreements.
" Renege on the Reneging ".
Subsequently, the Somali Embassy in Washington reneged and denied us visas.
A federal lawsuit filed against the former senator Robert G Torricelli alleges that he reneged on a pledge to a venture capital fund backed by the Small Business Administration, falling $75,000 short of the $100,000 investment commitment.
Lineman Tyrell Chavis reneges on commitment to Virginia, according to report.
The Big East Conference dropped its lawsuit accusing Texas Christian University of reneging on an agreement to join the college sports organization when it instead signed on with the Big 12.

In science:

Glynn. 2003a. A diffusion approximation for a Markovian queue with reneging.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues
Glynn. 2005. A diffusion approximation for a GI /GI /1 queue with balking or reneging.
Martingale proofs of many-server heavy-traffic limits for Markovian queues