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a style of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of rogues; pertaining to or resembling rogues
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picturesque – beautiful or striking as in a picture: a picturesque scene; strikingly graphic; vivid: picturesque speech
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1. Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.
2. Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society.
One that is picaresque.
[French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro, picaro; see picaro.]
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1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of or relating to a type of fiction in which the hero, a rogue, goes through a series of episodic adventures. It originated in Spain in the 16th century
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of or involving rogues or picaroons
[C19: via French from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro a rogue]
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1. of or pertaining to a form of prose fiction, orig. developed in Spain, in which the adventures of a roguish hero are described in a series of usu. humorous or satiric episodes.
2. of, pertaining to, or resembling rogues.
[1800–10; < Sp picaresco]
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A genre in which a roguish hero or heroine goes through a series of adventures.
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|Adj.||1.||picaresque - involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction; "picaresque novels"; "waifs of the picaresque tradition"; "a picaresque hero"|
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picaresque[ˌpɪkəˈresk] ADJ → picaresco
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picaresque[ˌpɪkəˈrɛsk] adj (liter) → picaresco/a
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