picaresque
[ pik-uh-resk ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
early 19th century; Spanish "pertaining to or dealing with rogues or knaves and their adventures," especially in literary productions, 1810; from picaresco "roguish," from picaro "rogue," a word of uncertain origin, possibly from picar "to pierce," from Vulgar Latin
Synonyms
  • anecdotal
  • episodic
  • disjointed
Antonyms
  • connected
  • regular
  • linear
Definition
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 episodes often depicting, in realistic detail, the everyday life of the common people
Example
A) In the picaresque novel Don Quixote, Alonso Quixano reads so many adventure novels he creates the alter ego Don Quixote and begins ridiculously enacting his delusions. B) Her favorite literary genre is picaresque narratives since those stories are often swashbuckling and charming.
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