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Meaning of picaresque

pic•a•resque

Pronunciation: (pik"u-resk'), [key]
— adj.
  1. 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 that often depict, in realistic detail, the everyday life of the common people: picaresque novel; picaresque hero.
  2. of, pertaining to, or resembling rogues.
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