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femme fatale

Line breaks: femme fa¦tale
Pronunciation: /ˌfam fəˈtɑːl
 
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Definition of femme fatale in English:

noun (plural femmes fatales pronounced same)

An attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately cause distress to a man who becomes involved with her: a femme fatale who plays one man off against another in pursuit of money
More example sentences
  • Elijah expected a beautiful mirage of glittering, ethereal beauty, the ultimate femme fatale, but now he knew not what to think.
  • She is the femme fatale whose seductive voice, glamorous hair, and voluptuous body Rita Hayworth lent to the screen in 1946.
  • Yet to many observers these are the femmes fatales of the markets - seductive but essentially destructive temptresses.

Origin

early 20th century: French, literally 'disastrous woman'.

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