picaresque vs picturesque : Common Errors in English

picaresque or picturesque

“Picaresque” is a technical literary term you are unlikely to have a use for. It labels a sort of literature involving a picaro (Spanish), a lovable rogue who roams the land having colorful adventures. A landscape that looks as lovely as a picture is picturesque.
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  • s  involving clever rogues or adventurers especially as in a type of fiction
    picaresque novels
    waifs of the picaresque tradition
    a picaresque hero

  • s  suggesting or suitable for a picture; pretty as a picture
    a picturesque village
  • s  strikingly expressive
    a picturesque description of the rainforest
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  • Summer series mixes music, Munsinger Gardens
    It was a picturesque scene Sunday at Munsinger Gardens as more than 200 people lounged beneath the trees and among the greenery for the kick-off of the 14th annual Music in the Gardens series.
    June 17, 2013 - St. Cloud Times
  • Pilots commit Gabe Taylor taking next step
    Basketball looks too easy when Gabe Taylor's playing the game. The manner in which the rising Valley Catholic High senior uncorks picturesque outside jumpers from NBA range with a high release and textbook follow-through and finds nothing but net is filthy. Taylor's Dirk Nowitzki-esque turnarounds over helpless opponents from inside 15 feet are unguardable. He drops silky right-to-left ...
    June 17, 2013 - Portland Tribune
  • Robert Wambua, Jessica Odorcic win Lake Health Half-Marathon (with video)
    Sunday was a good day to run a half marathon and a great day for runners from Madison participating in the Lake County Health races through some of Lake County's most picturesque Metroparks.
    June 17, 2013 - The News-Herald