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  • proper n. A famous fairytale written by Charles Perrault in 1697 about a violent nobleman who has the habit of murdering his wives and the attempts of his current wife to avoid the same fate.
  • proper n. The nobleman who is the title character of the story.
  • n. A man who married and then murdered one wife after another.

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Examples

  • ARDIANE AND BLUEBEARD: A resolute wife finally defies Bluebeard and rescues his wives; but they refuse to forsake their unfortunate and beloved husband.

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

  • Gilles de Rais, the man who became known as Bluebeard, served under her in the French army.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Bluebeard is a burlesque in the form of a transcribed lecture-recital describing a purported long-lost Wagner opera on the subject of the titular serial monogamist-murderer.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • What but that Bluebeard is not to be the sole personage in this music-drama; and we judge the stranger to be a female on account of the overwhelming circumstantial evidence just given.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Now, why and how the name Bluebeard passed from King Comor to the Marshal de

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  • I have never been able to explain to myself why the name Bluebeard should have been attached to the Marshal, whose history certainly has no relation to the tale of the good Perrault. "

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  • But there was some kind of association with the notion of Bluebeard that she didn't quite like.

    The Color of Her Panties

  • "There was a famous pirate chief known as Bluebeard or Blackbeard, and it may be, sometimes, they called him Black Bart."

    The Lady and the Pirate Being the Plain Tale of a Diligent Pirate and a Fair Captive

  • On the set of "Bluebeard" (1972), Liz reportedly smacked a Burton co-star for putting too much sex in her love scene with him.

    Off-Stage Drama

  • These mysteries are both magical and horrific: the former because Paul seems to have an uncontrollable ability to trigger lifelike visions for the women he encounters, the latter because the women are half-convinced that Roquemaure is a kind of Bluebeard who actually murdered the mysteriously missing Béatrice, whose room is so lovingly preserved behind a locked door.

    Love on the Ground

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