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A highwayman or pirate in Spain or Spanish America.
bandit, brigand, robber, outlaw, ruffian, desperado, plunderer, marauder, raider, ravager, pillager, freebooter, criminal, thug, gangsterView synonyms
- ‘The Ladrones were much exasperated, and determined to revenge themselves.’
- ‘I am conscious of the need for caution but have not allowed for the determination of Peru's ladrones.’
- ‘He mentions having seen a Ladrone with his sword drawn and dripping with blood, engaged in pursuit of a villager.’
- ‘Through the financial district, every bank bore graffiti labelling them ladrones.’
- ‘The Ladrones never returned a single shot, but always kept in readiness to board.’
Spanish ladrón ‘robber’, from Latin latro(n-).
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