neg-, ne-

(Latin: no, not; to refuse, to nullify; to deny)

neuterize (verb), neuterizes; neuterized; neuterizing
To eliminate both the male and female gender usages in an attempt to create an androgynous utopian society: "When anyone neuterizes words, that person is striving to remove so-called sexist words; such as, man and woman or his and her when writing or speaking."
never (adverb)
Quod natura negat, reddere nemo potest.
What nature vetoes, no one can accomplish.

From Gaius Cornelius Gallus, in his Elegies. May we say that this is equivalent to "One who cannot pick up an ant and wants to pick up an elephant will some day see his folly"? -From George Herzog, in his Jabo Proverbs.

renegade (s) (noun), renegades (pl)
1. Someone who rejects his or her religion, a cause, an allegiance, or a group for another one: The politician was considered to be a renegade when he switched political parties.
2. A person or something that causes trouble and cannot be controlled: The teacher had to send a student to the principal because he was behaving like a renegade.
3. Etymology: from Latin renegatus, "renounced"; from renegare, "to deny"; from re-, "again" + negare, "to deny."
Someone who is a traitor.
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renege (ruh-NEG, ruh NIG) (verb), reneges; reneged; reneging
1. To fail to carry out a promise or a commitment: Karen's aunt and uncle promised to pay her tuition to the university; however, they reneged on their pledge because they didn't realize how expensive it would be.
2. To back out on one's word word to do something: Jim's dad would never renege doing what he has said he would do.
3. Etymology: from Latin renegare, "to say no" from re- "again, expressing intensive force" + negare, "to deny."
To not do what has been promised.
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reneger (s) (noun), renegers (pl)
runagate (s) (noun), runagates (pl)
1. A fugitive or a runaway; a deserter: Little Timmy wanted to be like the runagate in the story he was reading, and so he fled from his room and hid in the bushes behind the house.

Jack and his friend abandoned their duty in the military and drifted home again as runagates.
2. A person who wanders or drifts about; a vagabond: Tom took his walking stick, put his few belongings into a small bag, and hit the road thinking that he'd like to spend his vacation as a runagate without a plan as to where he would be going!
3. Etymology or origin: from Latin renegatus, "renounced" from re-, "again" + negare, "deny."

A person who runs away from something or someone.
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Testmoignes ne poent testifier le negative, mes l'affirmative
Translation: "Witnesses cannot testify to a negative; they must testify to an affirmative."
undeniable (adjective)
undeniably (adverb)