Plural form of bravo. Paid desperadoes or assassins. Wanton mercenaries. (noun)
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Use "bravos" in a sentence
"Walking lepers followed, rank on rank, Lurching bravos from the ditches dank, Drabs from the alleyways and drug fiends paleMinds still passion-ridden, soul-powers frail: Vermin-eaten saints with mouldy breath, Unwashed legions with the ways of Death (Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)"
"Imperceptibly over the coming months, bands of armed men -- the Italians called them "bravos" -- would gather in Orvieto to do Daoud's bidding."
"On the other hand, there will be the chance of coming across Indians; and as those on the Veraguan coast are ranked among the "bravos" -- having preserved their independence, and along with it their instinctive hostility to the whites -- an encounter with them might be even more dangerous than with any _alcalde_."