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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.

Origin of deflower

1350–1400; Middle English deflouren < Old French desflorer < Latin dēflōrāre, equivalent to dē- de- + flōr-, stem of flōs flower + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formsde·flow·er·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of 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.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

    Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

  • Individual inspiration was a sacred thing, which reality with its rules and prejudices could only spoil and deflower.

British Dictionary definitions for deflower


verb (tr)
  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
Derived Formsdeflowerer, noun
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Word Origin and History for deflower

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]
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