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desperado

[ des-puh-rah-doh, -rey- ]
/ ˌdɛs pəˈrɑ doʊ, -ˈreɪ- /
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noun, plural des·per·a·does, des·per·a·dos.
a bold, reckless criminal or outlaw, especially in the early days of the American West.
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Origin of desperado

1600–10; probably pseudo-Spanish alteration of desperate (as noun, now obsolete), in same sense
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British Dictionary definitions for desperado

desperado
/ (ˌdɛspəˈrɑːdəʊ) /

noun plural -does or -dos
a reckless or desperate person, esp one ready to commit any violent illegal act

Word Origin for desperado

C17: probably pseudo-Spanish variant of obsolete desperate (n) a reckless character
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