Lothario

Lothario

[loh-thair-ee-oh]
noun, plural Lotharios.
(sometimes lowercase) a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women.

Origin:
after the young seducer in Nicholas Rowe's play The Fair Penitent (1703)


Don Juan, Romeo, Casanova.
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Lothario (ləʊˈθɑːrɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -os
(sometimes not capital) a rake, libertine, or seducer
 
[C18: after a seducer in Nicholas Rowe's tragedy The Fair Penitent (1703)]

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lothario
"lady-killer," 1756, from principal male character of Nicholas Rowe's "The Fair Penitent" (1703). The name is the It. form of O.H.G. Hlothari, Hludher (whence Ger. Luther), lit. "famous warrior," from O.H.G. lut (see loud) + heri "host, army."
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