Definition of desperado
: a bold or violent criminal; especially : a bandit of the western U.S. in the 19th century
Examples of desperado in a Sentence
the notorious desperados of the Wild West
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At least a half-dozen agents were involved in the case, which used stakeouts, confidential informants, search warrants and wiretaps to gather evidence against these desperados.
Instead, an orderly development of the interior—less violent, and less inclined to celebrate the desperado over the peaceful peasant.
In fact, Mr. Mustafa was a desperado of another kind.
Though legally off-limits to commercial exploitation, the lands are under near-constant siege by loggers and other desperados.
At first glance, Ross McDonnell’s ambrotypes resemble 19th century portraits of desperados.
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Origin and Etymology of desperado
probably alteration of obsolete desperate desperado, from desperate, adjective
First Known Use: 1647See Words from the same year
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Definition of desperado for English Language Learners
: a violent criminal who is not afraid of getting hurt or caught
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