Voldemort

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the evil wizard Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, whose name in turn derives from French vol de mort ("flight of death").

Noun[edit]

Voldemort (plural Voldemorts)

  1. An evil, harmful, or widely feared person or thing.
    • 2012, G. M. Malliet, A Fatal Winter, Constable & Robinson (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      [] Oscar has been called the Voldemort of Fleet Street by both friends and enemies. He was apparently ruthless in all his business dealings.'
    • 2012, B. J. Mendelson, Social Media Is Bullshit, St. Martin's Press (2012), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      If you asked me to identify a Voldemort in the myth of “social media,” it would be these people, and not guys like Gary Vaynerchuk.
    • 2013, Robert H. Lustig, Heather Millar, & Cindy Gershen, The Fat Chance Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight, Hudson Street Press (2013), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Fructose is the Voldemort of the metabolic syndrome pandemic: stealthy, ever-present, and bad for the common good.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:Voldemort.

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