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scarlet woman

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Definition of scarlet woman in English:

noun

A notoriously promiscuous or immoral woman: I will not consent to be portrayed in the press as a scarlet woman!
More example sentences
  • ‘I really was the scarlet woman all those years ago,’ she said.
  • Having been told that she was a scarlet woman who had brought the name of the House of Windsor into disrepute, Margaret decided to behave like one.
  • Cinderella's stylish godmother is a bit of a scarlet woman and definitely had a very good war.

Origin

early 19th century: originally applied as a derogatory reference to the Roman Catholic Church, regarded as being devoted to showy ritual (Rev. 17).

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