Desperado Definition

dĕspə-rädō, -rā-
desperadoes, desperados
noun
desperadoes, desperados
A dangerous, reckless criminal; bold outlaw.
Webster's New World

(chess) A piece that seems determined to give itself up, typically to bring about stalemate or perpetual check.

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Noun

Singular:
desperado
Plural:
desperadoes, desperados

Origin of Desperado

  • From Spanish desesperado, past participle of desesperar (“to despair”), from Latin disperare (“to despair, to lose hope”), from prefix dis- + sperare (“to hope”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Spanish desperado, desesperado desperate person from past participle of desesperar to despair from Latin dēspērāre despair

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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