desaparecido

noun
des·​a·​pa·​re·​cido | \ (ˌ)dāsə(ˌ)pärəˈsētō, (ˌ)de- \
plural -s

Definition of desaparecido

: an Argentine citizen who has been abducted and usually murdered by right-wing terrorists

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History and Etymology for desaparecido

Spanish, literally, disappeared, past participle of desaparecer to disappear, from des- dis- entry 1 (from Latin) + aparecer to appear, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin apparescere, inchoative of Latin apparēre to be visible, appear

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“Desaparecido.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/desaparecido. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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