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A.Word.A.Day--Don Juanism

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Don Juanism (don WA-niz-em) noun

A syndrome, occurring in males, of excessive preoccupation with sexual gratification or conquest and leading to persistently transient and sometimes exploitative relationships. Also called satyriasis.

[After Don Juan, legendary 14th-century Spanish nobleman and libertine.]

"Though he dutifully chronicles Eastwood's prodigious but variable cinematic output, McGilligan's main concern is the Don Juanism that grew to dominate his personal life. We learn that he fathered at least seven children by five women - four out of wedlock." Emma Hagestadt and Christopher Hirst, Book Review, The Independent - London May 20, 2000.

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