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Lothario

[loh-thair-ee-oh] /loʊˈθɛər iˌoʊ/
noun, plural Lotharios.
1.
(sometimes lowercase) a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women.
Origin
after the young seducer in Nicholas Rowe's play The Fair Penitent (1703)
Synonyms
Don Juan, Romeo, Casanova.
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Lothario

/ləʊˈθɑːrɪˌəʊ/
noun (pl) -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

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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