(in Latin America) a very poor person.
- ‘At her last speech, on May Day, her husband had to hold her up as she spoke to the descamisados.’
- ‘Her mammoth wage increases for her beloved descamisados resulted in overwhelming political support for her husband.’
- ‘She was a crucial component of that political structure and irreplaceable - as the leader soon realized when his economic policies began to strain his relationship with the descamisados.’
- ‘But his deals with the United States had tarnished his reputation, and the descamisados were no longer the enthusiastic supporters of yore.’
- ‘Upwards of 200,000 descamisados entered the capital city and demanded that Perón be their Leader.’
Mid 19th century: Spanish, literally shirtless.