desperado


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des·per·a·do

 (dĕs′pə-rä′dō, -rā′-)
n. pl. des·per·a·does or des·per·a·dos
A bold or desperate outlaw, especially of the American frontier.

[Probably from Spanish desperado, desesperado, desperate person, from past participle of desesperar, to despair, from Latin dēspērāre; see despair.]

desperado

(ˌdɛspəˈrɑːdəʊ)
n, pl -does or -dos
a reckless or desperate person, esp one ready to commit any violent illegal act
[C17: probably pseudo-Spanish variant of obsolete desperate (n) a reckless character]

des•per•a•do

(ˌdɛs pəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ-)

n., pl. -does, -dos.
a bold, reckless criminal or outlaw, esp. in the early days of the American West.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desperado - a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)desperado - a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw - someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

desperado

noun criminal, thug, outlaw, villain, gangster, gunman, bandit, mugger (informal), cut-throat, hoodlum (chiefly U.S.), ruffian, wise guy (U.S.), face (Brit. slang), heavy (slang), lawbreaker, skelm (S. African) The judge described him as a `wicked desperado' and jailed him for life.
Translations

desperado

[ˌdespəˈrɑːdəʊ] N (desperado(e)s (pl)) → bandido m

desperado

[ˌdɛspəˈrɑːdəʊ] [desperados] (pl) ndesperado m

desperado

n pl <-(e)s> → Desperado m

desperado

[ˌdɛspəˈrɑːdəʊ] n (old) → bandito
References in classic literature ?
There is nothing like the perils of whaling to breed this free and easy sort of genial, desperado philosophy; and with it I now regarded this whole voyage of the Pequod, and the great White Whale its object.
From an Alaskan hero he was metamorphosed into an Alaskan bully, liar, desperado, and all around "bad Man.
A whale wounded (as we afterwards learned) in this part, but not effectually, as it seemed, had broken away from the boat, carrying along with him half of the harpoon line; and in the extraordinary agony of the wound, he was now dashing among the revolving circles like the lone mounted desperado Arnold, at the battle of Saratoga, carrying dismay wherever he went.
Pure I came to him whom Heaven bestowed upon me, pure I shall leave him; and at the worst bathed in my own chaste blood and in the foul blood of the falsest friend that friendship ever saw in the world;" and as she uttered these words she paced the room holding the unsheathed dagger, with such irregular and disordered steps, and such gestures that one would have supposed her to have lost her senses, and taken her for some violent desperado instead of a delicate woman.
Taken so horribly unawares, even Raffles must fall an easy prey to a desperado in resource and courage scarcely second to himself, but one whom he had fatally underrated from the beginning.
FLYING TONIGHT'S RPGTV GUIDE ROMEO DESPERADO enjoyed a superb British Breeders Stakes campaign at Nottingham, finishing second to Candlelight Fire in last week's final, and can get first run on main rival King Eden to take Towcester's 8.
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Welcome to The Sunshine Club, an amalgam of all the most faded edges of the northern working men's club tradition, where Bernie and fellow entertainment desperado Les (Graham Hicks) are putting on a 'charity night' to keep the doors open just a little bit longer and stave off the moment a suspicious latenight blaze consumes the last bits of lame forever.
Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Vinnie Jones and Sam Shepard Desperado Five, 11pm WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It will feature an Eagles tribute band called Desperado band and Birmingham-born Abi Phillips who plays Liberty in the Channel 4 show.