RU’NAGATE. n.s. [corrupted from renegat, Fr.] A fugitive;
The wretch compel’d, a runagate became,
And learn’d what ill a miser state doth breed. Sidney.
God bringeth the prisoners out of captivity; but letteth
the runagates continue in scarceness. Psalm lxviii. 6.
I dedicate myself to your sweet pleasure,
More noble than that runagate to your bed. Shakesp.
As Cain, after he had slain Abel, had no certain abiding;
so the Jews, after they had crucified the son of God, be-
came runagates. Raleigh’s History of the World.