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deflower

Line breaks: de|flower
Pronunciation: /diːˈflaʊə
 
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Definition of deflower in English:

verb

[with object] dated or literary
Deprive (a woman) of her virginity: he took her to bed and deflowered her
More example sentences
  • But modern tales about an older man deflowering a girl take a gauzier view: Often the girl does the seducing, and the affair leads to her empowerment.
  • So, she devises an incredibly complex scheme that requires Phillippe to deflower many virgins.
  • The count plots to exercise his droit de seigneur, the right of titled men to deflower the brides of lesser folk.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French desflourer, from a variant of late Latin deflorare, from de- (expressing removal) + Latin flos, flor- 'a flower'.

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