picaresque definition

  • adjective:
    • Of or concerning clever rogues or adventurers.
    • Of or concerning a genre of usually satiric prose fiction beginning in Spain and depicting in realistic, often entertaining information the activities of a roguish hero of reduced social degree residing by his / her wits in a corrupt community.
    • Of or regarding rogues or adventurers
    • Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel working with the adventures of a roguish hero
    • placed on that course of literary works where the main personage may be the Spanish picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer.
    • involving clever rogues or adventurers particularly such as a kind of fiction
  • noun:
    • one that's picaresque.
    • A picaresque novel.
  • others:
    • with respect to or coping with rogues or picaroons: said of literary productions that handle the fortunes of rogues or adventurers, and especially of works in Spanish literature in regards to the start of the seventeenth century, of which “Guzman de Alfarache” ended up being a sort.

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