defloration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n defloration the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)
    • n defloration an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defloration That which is chosen as the flower or choicest part; careful culling or selection. "The laws of Normandy are, in a great measure, the defloration of the English laws."
    • Defloration The act of deflouring; as, the defloration of a virgin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defloration The act of deflowering; the act of depriving of the flower.
    • n defloration A selection of the flower or most valuable part of anything.
    • n defloration The act of depriving of virginity; ravishment; rape.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Defloration the act of deflowering
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. defloratio,: cf. F. défloration,

Usage

In literature:

Soone after came her invisible servants, and presented to her such things as were necessary for her defloration.
"The Golden Asse" by Lucius Apuleius
THE LUST OF FORNICATION IS MORE GRIEVOUS AS IT VERGES TO THE DESIRE OF VARIETIES AND OF DEFLORATION.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
It is self-abuse that leads gradually to the production of pain in defloration.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
It would thus be a comparatively innocent form of psychic defloration.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Kisch also observes that wedding night deflorations are often really rapes.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
James and Martha were not emotionally ready to conclude with mutual defloration.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
But, quite independently of defloration, in the child the vaginal orifice is much smaller than in the riper girl.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
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