Today’s Word: picaresque

Word: picaresque

PRONUNCIATION:

(pik-uh-RESK)

MEANING:

adjective:

1. Of or relating to humorous or satiric fiction describing, in a series of episodes, the adventures of a roguish hero.
2. Of or relating to rogues or scoundrels.

ETYMOLOGY:

Via French, from Spanish pícaro (rogue). Picaresque fiction was popularized in Spain. Earliest documented use: 1827.

USAGE:

“The Russian film Silent Souls was a picaresque tale about a newly widowed man and his friend taking the body of his dead wife on a road trip of thousands of miles to say goodbye to her according to the rituals of the ancient Merja culture.”
Geoffrey Macnab; Cinema Weathers the Storm in Venice; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 10, 2010.

Explore “picaresque” in the Visual Thesaurus.

 

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