femme fatale

femme fa·​tale | \ ˌfem-fə-ˈtal How to pronounce femme fatale (audio) , ˌfam-, -ˈtäl How to pronounce femme fatale (audio) \
plural femmes fatales\ ˌfem-​fə-​ˈtal(z) How to pronounce femme fatale (audio) , ˌfam-​ , -​ˈtäl(z) \

Definition of femme fatale

1 : a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations
2 : a woman who attracts men by an aura of charm and mystery

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an actress who was often cast as cynical, sexy femmes fatales
Recent Examples on the Web Depp said Heard was the perfect embodiment of the book’s femme fatale character named Chenault. R.j. Rico, Chicago Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 The chemistry between the two crackles during their first interaction, when Mia enters unmoored book publisher Marcus’s life as a statuesque hybrid of femme fatale and manic pixie dream girl. Shamira Ibrahim, Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 Pamela Anderson will soon play Broadway's resident femme fatale, Roxie Hart, during an eight-week limited run of Chicago this spring, marking her Broadway debut. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Mar. 2022 And while Guillermo Del Toro’s noir has been mostly MIA on the circuit, recognition for Blanchett’s chilling turn as a femme fatale reminds us once again that the Aussie actor is capable of anything. Michael Schneider, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 Fredegund was recast as a femme fatale, and Brunhild as a murderess lacking all maternal instinct. Shelley Puhak, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 The original Cowboy Bebop anime revolves around four human characters: Deadpan mercenary Spike Spiegel, gruff ship captain Jet Black, femme fatale Faye Valentine, and androgynous hacker Edward. Ew Staff, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2021 The production design is dazzling, equaled by the starry cast; Cooper is a career high, David Strathairn is soulfully tragic, and Cate Blanchett is a femme fatale that slinked out of a Will Eisner comic. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2021 In walks Rebecca Ferguson as a classic femme fatale, who (understandably) sweeps Jackman off his feet. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of femme fatale

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for femme fatale

French, literally, disastrous woman

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26 Apr 2022

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“Femme fatale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/femme%20fatale. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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