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deflower

[ dih-flou-er ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to deprive (a woman) of virginity.
  2. to despoil of beauty, freshness, sanctity, etc.
  3. to deprive or strip of flowers:

    The deer had deflowered an entire section of the garden.



deflower

/ diːˈflaʊə /

verb

  1. to deprive of virginity, esp by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse
  2. to despoil of beauty, innocence, etc; mar; violate
  3. to rob or despoil of flowers


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Derived Forms

  • deˈflowerer, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·flower·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of deflower1

1350–1400; Middle English deflouren < Old French desflorer < Latin dēflōrāre, equivalent to dē- de- + flōr-, stem of flōs flower + -āre infinitive suffix

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Example Sentences

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.

For she deliberately sent down to the beach her daughter, who was of marriageable age, and prompted her father to deflower her.

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