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[loh-thair-ee-oh] /loʊˈθɛər iˌoʊ/
noun, plural Lotharios.
(sometimes lowercase) a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women.
Origin of Lothario
after the young seducer in Nicholas Rowe's play The Fair Penitent (1703)
Don Juan, Romeo, Casanova. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Despite its many beauties, it was even less successful than Lothario.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • "Chaunge places with me, sir," cried the Lothario, officiously.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Is it to the average man who is known to be a Lothario in matters of sex?

  • He had never been a Lothario,—had never thought himself to be gifted in that way.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • Lothario, a gay deceiver; generally a heartless, brainless villain.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • The opera closes with a trio for Mignon, Wilhelm, and Lothario.

  • It was at least a platonic Paradise, where Lothario ventured at his peril.

    In the South Seas Robert Louis Stevenson
  • If they had to name him for poetry why didn't they call him Lothario and be done with it!

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
British Dictionary definitions for Lothario


noun (pl) -os
(sometimes not capital) a rake, libertine, or seducer
Word Origin
C18: after a seducer in Nicholas Rowe's tragedy The Fair Penitent (1703)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Lothario

masc. proper name, Italian form of Old High German Hlothari, Hludher (whence German Luther, French Lothaire), literally "famous warrior," from Old High German lut (see loud) + heri "host, army" (see harry (v.)). As a characteristic name for a lady-killer, 1756, from the name of the principal male character of Nicholas Rowe's "The Fair Penitent" (1703).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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