verb (used with object), de·plumed, de·plum·ing.

to deprive of feathers; pluck.
to strip of honor, wealth, etc.

Origin of deplume

1375–1425; late Middle English deplumen < Medieval Latin dēplūmāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + plūm(a) feather (see plume) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formsde·plu·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deplume


verb (tr)

to deprive of feathers; pluck
to deprive of honour, position, wealth, etc
Derived Formsdeplumation, noun
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