adventuress


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ad·ven·tur·ess

 (ăd-vĕn′chər-ĭs)
n.
A woman who seeks social and financial advancement by unscrupulous means. See Usage Note at -ess.
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adventuress

(ədˈvɛntʃərɪs)
n
1. a woman who seeks adventure, esp one who seeks success or money through daring exploits
2. a woman who seeks money or power by unscrupulous means
3. (Commerce) a speculator
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ad•ven•tur•ess

(ædˈvɛn tʃər ɪs)

n.
a woman who schemes to win social position, wealth, etc., by questionable means.
[1745–55]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.adventuress - a woman adventureradventuress - a woman adventurer      
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
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Translations

adventuress

[ədˈventʃərɪs] Naventurera f
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adventuress

n (pej)Abenteurerin f
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adventuress

[ədˈvɛntʃrɪs] navventuriera
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References in classic literature ?
Dead to her uncle, who had renounced her; dead to the servants of the house, who had failed to recognise her; dead to the persons in authority, who had transmitted her fortune to her husband and her aunt; dead to my mother and my sister, who believed me to be the dupe of an adventuress and the victim of a fraud; socially, morally, legally-- dead.
The servants had better be warned beforehand, in case of this adventuress or madwoman, whichever she may be, attempting to make her way into the house."
The reader may imagine the anger of the jailer when, after having made inquiries about the neighbourhood, he heard that his daughter had hired a horse, and, like an adventuress, set out on a journey without saying where she was going.
An adventuress with a European reputation of the blackest possible colour-- such was the general description of the woman with the deathlike complexion and the glittering eyes.
But my ex-pupil is not to be confounded for one moment with the average adventuress of the newspapers.
"I am afraid she is a sad little adventuress," said Newman.
Of course, all the chances were that de Barral should have fallen upon a perfectly harmless, naive, usual, inefficient specimen of respectable governess for his daughter; or on a commonplace silly adventuress who would have tried, say, to marry him or work some other sort of common mischief in a small way.
Was this woman--so modest, so gentle, so simply and unaffectedly refined--the shameless adventuress denounced by Geoffrey, as claiming him on the strength of a foolish flirtation; knowing herself, at the time, to be privately married to another man?
Woman that adventured were adventuresses, and the connotation was not nice.
I knew all this because I read 'Seaside Library'* novels, in which, with the exception of the villains and adventuresses, all men and women thought beautiful thoughts, spoke a beautiful tongue, and performed glorious deeds.
Diasporan African adventuress taking control of her destiny in the
Denning returns reimagining eight new stories in this riotous mash-up starring Warlock Holmes (bungling detective), Violet Hunter (brave adventurer), Irene Adler (wicked adventuress) and John Watson (lovestruck).