• WordNet 3.6
    • n desperado a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Desperado A reckless, furious man; a person urged by furious passions, and regardless of consequence; a wild ruffian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n desperado A desperate or reckless man; one urged by furious passions; one habituated to lawless deeds either for himself or for others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Desperado des-pėr-ā′dō a desperate fellow: one reckless of danger: a madman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OSp. desperado, p. p. of desperar, fr. L. desperare,. See Desperate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. desesperado—L. desperātus.


In literature:

These are no runaways nor young desperadoes.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
The slaves and desperadoes who followed Marius were let loose to plunder at their will.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
As such they were denied such desperadoes as ourselves.
"The Escape of a Princess Pat" by George Pearson
Before the arrival of the settlers, a desperado, named Rogers, had taken possession of a part of the lands on the Batten Kill.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
My soul sickened in my body at the thought of the women-kind at the mercy of these desperadoes.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
And I thought he was a desperado because he wore them!
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
He would save my life a second time, by challenging this deliberate desperado!
"Three Hats" by Alfred Debrun
Desperadoes are here teaching these negroes insolence and crime in their secret societies.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Then the desperadoes went back and began to ransack the stores.
"The Boy Scouts on the Yukon" by Ralph Victor
The sallow and neurotic face would brighten with morbid enthusiasm at the bare mention of the desperado's name.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
With an oath the desperado reached for his revolver.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
We look like desperadoes, what with the rifles and covered faces.
"The Dope on Mars" by John Michael Sharkey
The desperado in the launch intended to be true to his nature.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
Somehow this boy did not fit the specifications of the desperado that had been poured into his ears.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The two desperadoes were completely surprised by the sudden appearance of the two noted detectives.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
Now, except in newly opened diggings, the genuine desperado is a thing of the past.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
I've got you now, my buck-jumping desperado.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
We do not rear desperadoes on the prairie, though some few are sent to us.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
He had formerly been ridiculed as a visionary, he was now pitied as a desperado.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
They had for their leaders outlaws and desperadoes, and for arms old flint-lock guns and soft iron swords.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding

In poetry:

Sunshine might we have been unto seed under soil, or have scattered
Seed to ascendant suns brighter than any that shone.
Even the limp-legged beggar a sick desperado has flattered
Back to a half-sloughed life cheered by the mere human tone.
"The Main Regret" by George Meredith

In news:

"Blackthorn," the old desperado who gives this mostly satisfying Western its name is bent over a letter, writing of coming back home to the U.S.
Elizabeth Avellán , the co-owner of Troublemaker Studios and the producer of Desperado, the Spy Kids series, Grindhouse, and the much-anticipated SciFi action flick Predators, considers her job a mix of maternal instincts and business savvy.
" Blackthorn ," the old desperado who gives this mostly satisfying Western its name is bent over a letter, writing of coming back home to the U.S.
American Desperado , by Jon Roberts and Evan Wright.
And now, with the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning having officially parted ways, a heartfelt farewell song to the tune of "Seinfeld" favorite " Desperado .".
Desperado ' By Rita Kempley Washington Post Staff Writer August 25, 1995.
SOUTH BEND — It's called the Desperado package, a field goal block scheme the.
They're given atmospheric names — Desperado, Quick Draw, Rawhide — and are seasoned accordingly, with real Southwestern verve.
The owner of Desperado's Gentleman 's Cabaret in Carencro has been arrested on federal charges involving drugs and prostitution.
LAFAYETTE — The owner of Desperado's Gentleman 's Cabaret in Carencro has been arrested on federal charges involving drugs and prostitution.
Even better are the Lagers ' takes on pop-culture clichés, stuff like the Commodores' "Brick House," the Eagles' "Desperado" and a medley from Winnie-the-Pooh.
Desperado Stables, Inc. March to the Sea Mud Route.
Desperadoes on the loose .
It's " Outlaw " rock today on The List-5 Songs with an old west desperado charm that would make John Wayne giddy up in his saddle.
Like so many GA airports, mine faced a problem that was brought into sharp focus by the recent capture in Santa Barbara of those two wily desperados, John and Martha King.