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paramour

[par-uh-moo r] /ˈpær əˌmʊər/
noun
1.
an illicit lover, especially of a married person.
2.
any lover.
Origin of paramour
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French
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  • Her face was veiled, but the back methought was Rosamund—his paramour, thy rival.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • The king himself now asserts it was because he had tried to seduce his paramour.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • For three years power was in the hands of his mother's paramour, Mortimer.

  • It is so easy to punish the woman, and yet it is not proved that she was worse than her paramour.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • He has been sent by Pan to fetch fruits for the entertainment of 'His paramour the Syrinx bright.'

  • I deduced he was her paramour, husband or close relative, perhaps a brother.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • He disgraced his honored name by actually marrying his paramour.

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • For some months she enjoyed with her paramour all for which she had sighed in her home.

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for paramour

paramour

/ˈpærəˌmʊə/
noun
1.
(mainly derogatory) a lover, esp an adulterous woman
2.
an archaic word for beloved (sense 2)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, literally: through love
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Word Origin and History for paramour
n.

c.1300, noun use of adverbial phrase par amour (c.1300) "passionately, with strong love or desire," from Anglo-French and Old French par amour, from accusative of amor "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). Originally a term for Christ (by women) or the Virgin Mary (by men), it came to mean "darling, sweetheart" (mid-14c.) and "mistress, concubine, clandestine lover" (late 14c.).

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