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Lothario

[loh-thair-ee-oh]
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noun, plural Lo·thar·i·os.
  1. (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)

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Don Juan, Romeo, Casanova.
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Examples from the Web for lothario

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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


British Dictionary definitions for lothario

Lothario

noun plural -os
  1. (sometimes not capital) a rake, libertine, or seducer

Word Origin

C18: after a seducer in Nicholas Rowe's tragedy The Fair Penitent (1703)
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Word Origin and History for lothario

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).

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