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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
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English, from the phrase par amour by or through love < Old French
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  • The custodial parent has a history of domestic violence with previous paramours or spouses.
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British Dictionary definitions for paramours

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 paramours

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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