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A woman who makes her advancement in life by using questionable and amoral means. She may use financial, emotional and sexual deceits.
Adeline of Headington was a Victorian adventuress who bankrupted several prominent men. She then watched their plight with some amusement.

Bridget (Linda Fiorentino) in 'The Last Seduction' is the ultimate modern adventuress. She will murder to achieve her ends.
by Ben Bisley March 25, 2008