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Definition to fail to fulfill a promise or obligation

Renege also has a specialized meaning in the card game, bridge, where it refers to the mistake of not following suit when able to do so.
  • We had an agreement, but then she reneged on the deal.
  • The company reneged on their job offer, so I'm looking for work again.
  • Could the captain have reneged on her promise?
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The government had already informed the foreign press that I was to be set free tomorrow and felt they could not renege on that statement.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • We were distressed when you reneged on this offer.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It never ends—the misery, the apologies, the promises, the reneging, the wretchedness of it all.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • It would be less dangerous to break into Gringotts than to renege on a promise to a goblin.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It's not fair that you should sacrifice yourself to a woman who has chosen once and now wishes to renege that choice.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The huge conduit to the Jackal, especially if he had reneged on their contract, would not expose the Jackal.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • "There's one of them, anyhow," said Mr. Henchy, "that didn't renege him.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Nor will you renege on our bargain.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • I'd pretty much lived with them for five months while Mia was recovering and had promised to visit frequently but I'd reneged on that.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Does the fact that I reneged on an unspoken agreement appeal to your sense of humor?
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Looking daunted and just a little green, but far too kind to renege on a promise, she held fast.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • It seemed a big manly thing to say, but the effect was so much superior to anything I had expected that I couldn't renege and spoil the drama.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Get her to discard her habit, renege on her vows.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Because now that the aunt was gone, Ellen had reneged from that triumvirate of which Miss Rosa tried without realising it to make two.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • What's to keep the rebels from reneging on the deal?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • He could get away with that with the senoritas—they liked the idea of presents to look forward to, and Dish was careful never to renege.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Will you renege?
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger

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