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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").


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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