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adventuress

[ad-ven-cher-is] /ædˈvɛn tʃər ɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who schemes to win social position, wealth, etc., by unscrupulous or questionable means.
2.
a woman who is an adventurer.
Origin of adventuress
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; adventur(er) + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • “The creature must be a fool, or an adventuress,” pronounced the Chancellor.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • Asher Merriwell had been snared by the wiles of an adventuress, and he had married her.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • She married the Marchese, but I am convinced that she is an adventuress—and more.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Your name is Frieda Hoheisel, and you were an adventuress and a thief!

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • Miss Mackall recognized the adventuress of Musquasepi, and knew what she had come for.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • "You speak exactly as if you were planning to be an adventuress," said Phyllis, coldly.

  • Suddenly she broke out: "I always thought her an adventuress!"

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • I am an adventuress, but perhaps not so bad as you think me.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for adventuress

adventuress

/ədˈvɛntʃərɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
2.
a woman who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
3.
a speculator
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