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Definition not normal and possibly dangerous — possibly alone
The exact meaning of rogue can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "a rogue state" — (politics) a dangerous country that ignores international conventions
  • "a rogue animal" — (especially of an elephant) dangerous and not living with or like its kind
  • "a rogue trader" — (finance) an employee who makes unauthorized and improper securities trades
  • "a rogue wave" — (oceanography) a dangerous wave that is much larger than others around it
  • "rogue cells" — (biology) tumor cells
  • "He is a rouge." — someone who is deceitful and unprincipled (though possibly liked despite that)

More rarely, a person referred to as a rogue may merely be someone who breaks rules or social conventions. Often this is used of someone who is mischievous or fun, but it can be used more seriously as it was in the title of Sarah Palin's book, Going Rogue. Even more rarely, rogue can refer to someone without a home who travels from place to place.
  • South Korea is always mindful of its rogue neighbor to the north.
rogue = not normal and dangerous
  • The village is worried about a rogue elephant.
  • A rogue trader lost millions of dollars for the firm.
  • The oil platform was damaged by a rogue wave.
  • Draw, you rogue,
    Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Come, you rogue, come; bring me to a justice.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • rogue = deceitful person
  • Thou kill'st me like a rogue and a villain.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • rogue = a deceitful, unprincipled person
  • You rogue, here's lime in this sack too
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • rogue = a person who lies
  • So I approached the worst rogue of the lot, and it did no good.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • He is a rogue, said Mr. Liar.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • {8} From 'The English Rogue.'
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • "Listen—listen, poy," said the German, "Dere is not a hair as of ter rogue in ter het of Herr Tchooge."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Belong to the gallows, and be hang'd, ye rogue!
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • The little rogue thought I had not seen her, and, drawing back, she took her former station by the window, quite demurely.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • We will borrow some horses from the Bedoowan and take along a few whistles in case we run into any rogue quigs.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • He was only four risers from the top, measuring the distance with the rogue mallet in his left hand as he pulled himself up with his right.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "I suppose they don't want those of us who saw the rogue crops to continue working in positions of authority" my mother says.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • You're jumping ship with Alex, making a run for it, going all rogue and Invalid on me."
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • However, even though I found out that Mintouchian wasn't strictly honest, he was never a rogue's-gallery character.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • More shots rang out from the rogue Transvice; more people disappeared.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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