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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 ?
This was no calumny, and yet I remember well, somewhere far back in the late seventies, that the crew of that ship were, if anything, rather proud of her evil fame, as if they had been an utterly corrupt lot of desperadoes glorying in their association with an atrocious creature.
And now I began to feel that I was neglecting my business, that since I had been so foolhardy as to come ashore with these desperadoes, the least I could do was to overhear them at their councils, and that my plain and obvious duty was to draw as close as I could manage, under the favourable ambush of the crouching trees.
He fought with a savage abandon, and a vicious cruelty fully equal to that of his fellow desperadoes.
They were rough-looking desperadoes, with sun-blackened faces, and an immensity of beard; their wide short trousers were confined about the waist by belts, often clasped with a rough plate of gold, and sustaining always a long knife, and in some instances, a sword.
When Captain Sublette arrived, he urged to penetrate the swamp and storm the fort, but all hung back in awe of the dismal horrors of the place, and the danger of attacking such desperadoes in their savage den.
A Man's World: Portraits: A Gallery of Fighters, Creators, Actors, and Desperadoes
B team, Sacriston Desperadoes and Brandon and Byshottles TTC, make their debuts in Division Four with the Desperadoes looking to have the toughest task away to N.
Part of a series, this volume presents 108 examples of writings focused on outlaws and desperadoes produced by the New Mexico Federal Writer's Project from its beginnings through its 1939 transformation into the New Mexico Writers' Program.
Debt Desperadoes, who "prefer the thrill of buying to the security of having.
They include 80-something Cosmopolitan publisher Helen Gurley Brown, actress Isabella Rossellini and various models, gurus, body piercers and support-group desperadoes, all of whom have some well-earned insight into the female form.
The 'this' in question is the world of tommy-guns, snap-brim fedoras and gardenias in the buttonhole, as done by the same people and formula that gave us Desperadoes (The Sims with cowboy hats) and Robin of Sherwood (The Sims with bows and arrows).