Definition of lothario
: a man whose chief interest is seducing women
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Examples of lothario in a Sentence
a novel about the loveless existence of an aging lothario
Did You Know?
Lothario comes from The Fair Penitent (1703), a tragedy by Nicholas Rowe. In the play, Lothario is a notorious seducer, extremely attractive but beneath his charming exterior a haughty and unfeeling scoundrel. He seduces Calista, an unfaithful wife and later the fair penitent of the title. After the play was published, the character of Lothario became a stock figure in English literature. For example, Samuel Richardson modeled the character of Lovelace on Lothario in his 1748 novel Clarissa. As the character became well known, his name became progressively more generic, and since the 18th century the word lothario has been used for a foppish, unscrupulous rake.
Origin and Etymology of lothario
Lothario, seducer in the play The Fair Penitent (1703) by Nicholas Rowe
First Known Use: 1756
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