paramour

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n paramour a woman who cohabits with an important man
    • n paramour a woman's lover
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Paramour A lover, of either sex; a wooer or a mistress (formerly in a good sense, now only in a bad one); one who takes the place, without possessing the rights, of a husband or wife; -- used of a man or a woman. "The seducer appeared with dauntless front, accompanied by his paramour"
    • adv Paramour By or with love, esp. the love of the sexes; -- sometimes written as two words. "For par amour , I loved her first ere thou."
    • Paramour Love; gallantry. "For paramour and jollity."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • paramour With love; in love; as a lover.
    • n paramour A lover, of either sex; a wooer.
    • n paramour A lover, of either sex, in a bad sense; one who takes the place of a husband or wife without legal right: the only sense of the word now in use.
    • n paramour Love, as between the sexes; gallantry.
    • paramour To love; be in love with; woo.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paramour par′a-mōōr a lover of either sex, now usually in the illicit sense.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. par amour, lit., by or with love. See 2d Par, and Amour
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. par amour, by or with love—L. per amorem.

Usage

In literature:

Alonso Fajardo de Tua having suspected his wife of infidelity, went to the house where she was accustomed to meet her paramour.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
I trampled on him I believed her paramour: I fled, and soon I lay a-dying in this house for her sake.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
And my love was pure for my paramour, for alas!
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Fallen, indeed, they are, but surely not more deserving of the application of that term than the "fallen men" who are their partners and paramours.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I know how to punish the w**e and her blackguard paramour.
"Venus in Boston;" by George Thompson
I began to fear that he suspected the intimacy which existed between his adulterous wife and her paramour.
"My Life: or the Adventures of Geo. Thompson" by George Thompson
One day, however, the favoured paramour had capriciously elevated the image far above the reach of the lips of her protector.
"Roman Catholicism in Spain" by Anonymous
For my part, I object to my paramour having a husband.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
He told you they were shapely of body and tried to put into your minds the thought of making them your paramours?
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
The world became her paramour.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
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In poetry:

The daughter had a paramour,
A wicked man was he,
And oft the woman him against
Did murmur grievously.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
My paramour was loneliness
And lying by the sea,
Soft songs of sorrow and distress
He did beget in me.
""My Paramour was Loneliness"" by Laurence Hope
Lord Orm,
You asked the Lady Olive (I can speak
As to a toad to you, my lord)--you asked
Olive to be your paramour: and she--
"The Wild Knight" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Follow some roving lion's spoor across the copper-
coloured plain,
Reach out and hale him by the mane and bid
him be your paramour!
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Is it thy will—Love that I love so well—
That my Soul's House should be a tortured spot
Wherein, like evil paramours, must dwell
The quenchless flame, the worm that dieth not?
"Apologia" by Oscar Wilde
Adam. Now, brother, if you wish,
With this your pure celestial paramour,
Hailed as the soul of love,
That I should think the one a heavenly Adam,
And her the only love of your great Maker,
Now bend with me your humble knees to earth!
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 5." by William Cowper

In news:

Petraeus paramour emailed woman in Fla. By Adam Goldman and Kimberly Dozier.
The scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started with harassing e-mails sent by his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell, to another woman, and eventually led the FBI to discover the affair, US officials said.
0Info emerges about Florida woman who received emails from Petraeus' paramour.
The career of David Petraeus, the CIA director and renowned general, was derailed by allegedly vicious emails his paramour sent to another woman.
WASHINGTON The career of David Petraeus, the CIA director and renowned general, was derailed by allegedly vicious emails his paramour sent to another woman.
Humphries has been identified as the agent socialite Jill Kelley contacted to complain about harassing emails sent by Gen David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell.
Six years after the disappearance of Washington's second-most famous intern, Chandra Levy's former paramour and ex-congressman Gary Condit is back in the news.
Jill Kelley, identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell, leaves her home Monday in Tampa, Fla.
Gennifer Flowers says her old paramour Bill Clinton sought to rekindle the more.
Petraeus paramour emailed State Department liaison .
Petraeus paramour's emails went to State Department military liaison .
But she did not leave her husband for Saint-Exupéry, who already had both a wife and a paramour.
Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell.
Jill Kelley leaves her home Monday, Nov 12, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Kelley is identified as the woman who allegedly received harassing emails from Gen David Petraeus' paramour, Paula Broadwell.
On hand for Poitier 's acceptance were actors CCH Pounder, Jackee Harry, Omarosa Manigault, and Larenz Tate, along with Poitier 's long-time friend (and once, paramour) Diahann Carroll.
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