noun, often capitalized
lo·​thar·​io | \ lō-ˈther-ē-ˌō How to pronounce lothario (audio) , -ˈthär- How to pronounce lothario (audio) \
plural lotharios

Definition of lothario

: a man whose chief interest is seducing women

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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.

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a novel about the loveless existence of an aging lothario
Recent Examples on the Web As the titular bassist lothario, Michael Cera hippity-hops through the song like somebody’s tapping his jump button. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," 13 Aug. 2020 And there was Shane, an irresistible, monosyllabic lothario, who inspired both ire and emulation. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "“The L Word” Reboot Seeks to Absolve the Original’s Sins," 11 Dec. 2019 Now Danny is frowningly married in the suburbs, while Karl is a downtown lothario dating women too young for Dennis Rodman references. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Black Mirror season 5 stops worrying and learns to love technology: EW review," 5 June 2019 Co-written with his brother, Carlos Cuarón,Sólo con Tu Pareja, follows the exploits of Tomás Tomás, a lothario who is eventually taught a lesson by an ex-lover. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roma Director Alfonso Cuarón? You've Definitely Seen His Incredible Movies," 23 Feb. 2019 That would include, especially, Esther’s disastrous dates with Manhattan’s would-be lotharios and the elegant Ladies’ Day banquet that fells all the magazine’s interns with food poisoning. Megan Abbott, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Abbott on Novels About Female Friendship," 9 Aug. 2018 The maladjusted lothario also has many a dalliance with a particular strain of misogyny: the cutting and manipulative digs at past lovers that some of the rapper’s fans rush to freebase. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Shrouded in a digital blue, nobody looks entirely comfortable, but Dylan is all-in with the lothario bit. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Bob Dylan's Whiskey & 6 Other Times He Entered the Marketplace," 30 Apr. 2018 For his sophomore album, Memories Don't Die, the hip-hop lothario places love in the backseat in order to obliterate his verses. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Tory Lanez on His New Album 'Memories Don't Die,' Potential Joint Project With Meek Mill & Why 50 Cent Is His Mentor," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of lothario

1756, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lothario

Lothario, seducer in the play The Fair Penitent (1703) by Nicholas Rowe

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“Lothario.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lothario. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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