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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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