English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'desperado'

(noun) 
Definition
a reckless person ready to commit any violent illegal act
The judge described him as a `wicked desperado' and jailed him for life.
Synonyms
criminal
He was put in a cell with several hardened criminals.
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thug
the cowardly thugs who mug old people
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outlaw
a band of desperate outlaws
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villain
As a copper, I've spent my life putting villains like him away.
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gangster
a well-known gangster with convictions for armed robbery
, ,
bandit
Reports say he was killed in an attack by armed bandits.
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mugger (informal)
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cut-throat
a band of cut-throats prepared to undertake the vilest crimes for money
,
hoodlum mainly US)
a small-time hoodlum attempting to go straight
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ruffian
gangs of ruffians who lurk about
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wise guy (US)
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face (British, slang)
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heavy (slang)
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lawbreaker
The money should be spent on training first-time lawbreakers to earn an honest living.
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skelm (South Africa)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bandit
Definition
a robber, esp. a member of an armed gang
Reports say he was killed in an attack by armed bandits.
Synonyms
crook (informal),
plunderer,
mugger (informal),
hijacker,
looter,
racketeer,
footpad
in the sense of cut-throat
Definition
a murderer
a band of cut-throats prepared to undertake the vilest crimes for money
Synonyms
slayer (archaic),
liquidator,
hitman or woman (slang),
heavy (slang)
in the sense of gangster
Definition
a member of an organized gang of criminals
a well-known gangster with convictions for armed robbery
Synonyms
hoodlum (US),
crook (informal),
heavy (slang),
hood (US, slang),
gang member,
face (British, slang),
mobster (US, slang),
racketeer,
wise guy (US),
tsotsi (South Africa)

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Thesaurus for desperado from the Collins English Thesaurus
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