from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bold or desperate outlaw, especially of the American frontier.
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- n. A bold outlaw, especially one from southern portions of the Wild West.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A reckless, furious man; a person urged by furious passions, and regardless of consequence; a wild ruffian.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A desperate or reckless man; one urged by furious passions; one habituated to lawless deeds either for himself or for others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier)
You have information as to the arrival of a man known as a desperado with a grudge against the two dead men, yet you know of no steps to take.
On the other hand, his evil repute has been wildly exaggerated by careless journalists and their local informants, who seek to embellish their limited acquaintance with a "desperado"; with the result that the real man has been virtually entombed by tale and legend which since his death has petrified as myth.
If LTC Shaffer such a "desperado," why did he get a security clearance in the first place and why did it keep getting renewed?
"beseeches" the brigand for "his son Onesimus," telling him that now he receives him "forever," and then calls the desperado "our dearly beloved fellow-laborer"!
About this period a "desperado" of world-wide fame named Harry Tracy was raising a siege of terror in the State of Oregon, having committed over a dozen murders, and successfully baffled the police.
Lately a child in the other cabin was taken ill, and though there were idle men and horses at hand, it was only the "desperado" who rode sixty miles in "the shortest time ever made" to bring the doctor.
The title of "desperado," "Negro murderer," is very easily obtained in the South.
Little danger but the Edition will sell; Fraser knows his own Trade well enough, and is as much a "desperado" as poor Attila
IFP deputy chairman Lionel Mtshali on Monday said: "It astonishes us that the ANC leadership in KwaZulu-Natal can allow the premier of this province to be described as a desperado and as
"If LTC Shaffer such a "desperado," why did he get a security clearance in the first place and why did it keep getting renewed?