picaresque


1pi·ca·resque

adjective \ˌpi-kə-ˈresk, ˌpē-\

: telling a story about the adventures of a usually playful and dishonest character

Full Definition of PICARESQUE

:  of or relating to rogues or rascals; also :  of, relating to, suggesting, or being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist <a picaresque novel>

Origin of PICARESQUE

Spanish picaresco, from pícaro
First Known Use: 1810

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

2picaresque

noun

Definition of PICARESQUE

:  one that is picaresque

First Known Use of PICARESQUE

1895

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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