[fem fuh-tal, -tahl, fey-; French fam fa-tal]
- an irresistibly attractive woman, especially one who leads men into difficult, dangerous, or disastrous situations; siren.
Origin of femme fatale
< French: literally, fatal woman
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- an alluring or seductive woman, esp one who causes men to love her to their own distress
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Word Origin and History for femme fatale
Une femme fatale est une femme qui porte malheur. [Jules Claretie, "La Vie a Paris," 1896]
Earlier, such a woman might be called a Circe.
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