(pih-kah-RESK) [Spanish, from picaresco: roguish] Describing a type of novel (originally Spanish) that relates the adventures of a roguish hero in a series of realistic and often humorous episodes. Also, characteristic of rogues; rascally; raffish. Not to be confused with picturesque.

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  • picaresque — [ pikarɛsk ] adj. • 1835; esp. picaresco, de picaro « aventurier » ♦ Hist. littér. Relatif ou propre aux picaros, aventuriers espagnols (type littéraire du XVIe au XVIIIe s.). Aventures, mœurs picaresques. ♢ Qu …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Picaresque — Studioalbum von The Decemberists Veröffentlichung 22. März 2005 Aufnahme August – September 2004 Lab …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • picaresque — (adj.) 1810, from Sp. picaresco roguish, from picaro rogue, possibly from picar to pierce, from V.L. *piccare (see PIKE (Cf. pike) (n.2)). Originally in roman picaresque rogue novel, the classic example being Gil Blas …   Etymology dictionary

  • Picaresque — Pic a*resque , a. [F., fr. Sp. picaro rogue.] Applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • picaresque — is used to describe a type of fiction concerned with the adventures of a rogue (from Spanish picaro meaning ‘rogue’). The type is represented in 18c English literature by Defoe s Moll Flanders (1722), Fielding s Tom Jones (1749), and other… …   Modern English usage

  • picaresque — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to fiction dealing with the adventures of a dishonest but appealing hero. ORIGIN Spanish picaresco, from pícaro rogue …   English terms dictionary

  • picaresque — [pik΄ə resk′] adj. [Sp picaresco < pícaro, rascal, orig. knavish, vile] 1. of, like, or having to do with sharp witted vagabonds or rogues 2. designating or characteristic of a kind of fiction that originated in Spain and deals episodically… …   English World dictionary

  • Picaresque — Roman picaresque Le roman picaresque La Vie de Lazarillo de Tormes (1554) Le roman picaresque (de l espagnol pícaro, « misérable », « futé ») est un genre littéraire né en Espagne au XVIe siècle et qui a connu sa plu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • picaresque — I. adjective Etymology: Spanish picaresco, from pícaro Date: 1810 of or relating to rogues or rascals; also of, relating to, suggesting, or being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • picaresque — /pik euh resk /, adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • picaresque — [[t]pɪ̱kəre̱sk[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A picaresque story is one in which a dishonest but likeable person travels around and has lots of exciting experiences. [LITERARY] ...a picaresque novel about the life and crimes of Joey Blueglass …   English dictionary

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