noun (plural desperadoes or desperados)• dated
- A desperate or reckless person, especially a criminal.More example sentences
- At the same time, he couldn't abide facile equations between criminal desperadoes and the legalized murder machinery of a state.
- The joint was hopping with all kinds of low-lifes and desperados.
- My guide tells me she has arranged more adventure activities, this time in the desert - and images of red canyons, towering rock formations and gangs of desperados comes to mind.
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- My idea, when I began this chapter, was to say something about desperadoism in the ‘flush times’ of Nevada.
- Many good people moved to Texas at this time, but the bad ones, combining forces with homegrown scoundrels, caused an outbreak of desperadoism that was hard to put down.
- The government should put in place a strong security force, special forces as well as civilian clothed officers to check mate this malicious act of desperadoism.
early 17th century: pseudo-Spanish alteration of the obsolete noun desperate. Both desperate and desperado originally denoted a person in despair or in a desperate situation, hence someone made reckless by despair.