American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or involving clever rogues or adventurers.
- adj. Of or relating to a genre of usually satiric prose fiction originating in Spain and depicting in realistic, often humorous detail the adventures of a roguish hero of low social degree living by his or her wits in a corrupt society.
- n. One that is picaresque.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or dealing with rogues or picaroons: said of literary productions that deal with the fortunes of rogues or adventurers, and especially of works in Spanish literature about the beginning of the seventeenth century, of which “Guzman de Alfarache” was a type.
- adj. Of or pertaining to rogues or adventurers
- adj. literature Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero
- n. A picaresque novel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Applied to that class of literature in which the principal personage is the Spanish
picaro, meaning a rascal, a knave, a rogue, an adventurer.
- adj. involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
- French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro ("rogue"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Spanish picaresco, from pícaro, picaro; see picaro. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the moment, she is writing "another book, which seems to be coming as a succession of chapters that feel like stories", and which she refers to as the picaresque life story of a spiky, bold girl.”
“Whilst the picaresque is certainly an excellent example of episodic narrative, it isn’t its only manifestation.”
“Daniel Green has suggested that the picaresque is a form that has nearly been lost to contemporary fiction writers, and that we might be able to broaden our sense of what is or isn't a viable story if more writers were to experiment with it.”
“They belonged mostly to that class of realistic fiction which is called picaresque, from the Spanish word 'picaro,' a rogue, because it began in Spain with the 'Lazarillo de Tormes' of Diego de”
“A genre of literature known as the picaresque novel is generally credited as having arisen in Spain with an anonymous 16th-century work entitled "Lazarillo de Tormes.”
“Although Baxter and Mattison don't use the word, what they are both describing is the influence on early novels in English of the "picaresque" narrative.”
“These comprise a kind of picaresque tale of Jack's philandering, selfish, funny life, accompanied by such supporting fables as the Pathetic Fallacy (now going by the name "Gary") and the Queen of Fortune.”
“Emperor Charles V., an accomplished soldier and a learned historian -- such was the creator of the hungry rogue Lazarillo, and the founder of the "picaresque" school of fiction, or the romance of roguery, which is not yet extinct.”
“Stevenson and Kipling have proved its immense popularity, with the whole brood of detective stories and the tales of successful rascality we call "picaresque" Our most popular weekly shows the broad appeal of this class of fiction.”
“Even regarded as an early attempt in the "picaresque" manner, it is abortive and only half organised.”
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