Picaresque



[pik-uh-resk] /ˌpɪk əˈrɛsk/

adjective
1.
pertaining to, characteristic of, or characterized by a form of prose fiction, originally developed in Spain, in which the adventures of an engagingly roguish hero are described in a series of usually humorous or satiric episodes that often depict, in realistic detail, the everyday life of the common people:
picaresque novel; picaresque hero.
2.
of, relating to, or resembling rogues.
/ˌpɪkəˈrɛsk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a type of fiction in which the hero, a rogue, goes through a series of episodic adventures. It originated in Spain in the 16th century
2.
of or involving rogues or picaroons
adj.

1810, from Spanish picaresco “roguish,” from picaro “rogue,” of uncertain origin, possibly from picar “to pierce,” from Vulgar Latin *piccare (see pike (n.2)). Originally in roman picaresque “rogue novel,” the classic example being “Gil Blas.”

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