verb (used with object)
Origin of deflower
Examples from the Web for deflower
Individual inspiration was a sacred thing, which reality with its rules and prejudices could only spoil and deflower.
In Poland, the noblemen arrogated the right to deflower any maid they pleased, and a hundred lashes were given him who complained.Woman under socialism|August Bebel
For she deliberately sent down to the beach her daughter, who was of marriageable age, and prompted her father to deflower her.The Danish History, Books I-IX|Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
late 14c., "deprive (a maiden) of her virginity," also "excerpt the best parts of (a book)," from Old French desflorer (13c., Modern French déflorer) "to deflower (a garden); to take the virginity of," from Late Latin deflorare, from de- (see de-) + flos "flower" (see flora). Notion is "to strip of flowers," hence "to ravish," which is the oldest sense in English.
The French Indians are said not to have deflowered any of our young women they captivated. [James Adair, "The Life of an Indian Trader," London, 1775]