5/9/09 Word of the Day: Picaresque


ADJECTIVE: 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.

NOUN: One that is picaresque.

ETYMOLOGY: French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro,

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Picaresque Novel at Wikipedia

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