deflower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deflower make imperfect "nothing marred her beauty"
    • v deflower deprive of virginity "This dirty old man deflowered several young girls in the village"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At one time in India, a fiance was required to deflower his future bride if she died before the wedding. The girl could not be cremated until this ritual was carried out in front of the village priest.
    • deflower To deprive of flowers. "An earthquake . . . deflowering the gardens."
    • deflower To deprive of virginity, as a woman; to violate; to ravish; also, to seduce. "If a man had deflowered a virgin."
    • deflower To take away the prime beauty and grace of; to rob of the choicest ornament.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deflower To deprive or strip of flowers, or of the qualities or character of a flower.
    • deflower Hence To despoil of beauty or grace; spoil the appearance or nature of; damage; vitiate.
    • deflower To deprive of virginity; ravish; violate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deflower de-flowr′ to deprive of flowers: to deprive of grace and beauty: to ravish
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déflorer, LL. deflorare,; L. de-, + flos, floris, flower. See Flower, and cf. Deflorate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. deflorer—Low L. deflorāre, to strip flowers off—L. de, neg., flos, floris, a flower.

Usage

In literature:

Only those maidens might marry whose chastity they had first deflowered.
"The Danish History, Books I-IX" by Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
It... it deflowers your innocence.
"Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini
Often it was a weary, deflowered face that his favourite mirrors reflected.
"Imaginary Portraits" by Walter Pater
She would not like the daintiness of that room deflowered.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
Often it was a weary, deflowered face that his favourite mirrors reflected.
"Imaginary Portraits" by Walter Horatio Pater
Pannychis is a young girl of seven years who had been handed over to Giton to be deflowered.
"The Satyricon, Complete" by Petronius Arbiter
What of the spiritual deflowering, of which the bodily is but a symbol?
"The Book-Bills of Narcissus" by Le Gallienne, Richard
Imaginary ghosts of deflowered virgins, and polluted matrons, flitting before their glassy eyes!
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
The deity, however, did not sully her by deflowering her in the flesh.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
No, he himself had outraged and deflowered the Schedule.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Frank has been there already for half an hour, and the tea-table has been, so to speak, deflowered.
"Mrs. Warren's Daughter" by Sir Harry Johnston
The deity, however, did not sully her by deflowering her in the flesh.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The sovereign of the sea is said to have deflowered her in the Temple of Minerva.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
A new cult of Priapus sprang up and virgins were ceremoniously deflowered at his shrine.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Individual inspiration was a sacred thing, which reality with its rules and prejudices could only spoil and deflower.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
To have my wife deflower'd?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
The seven virgins were not deflowered.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Absolution for one who has deflowered a virgin, six drachmas.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
They have deflowered our principal maidens in wantonness, and lightly sent them back to us.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
To defile, to deflower.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
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In poetry:

How it burns and flames
And showers,
Lusts and laughs, flowers
And deflowers.
"Summer Songs" by Richard Le Gallienne
Ah! far-off week from care so free
(Time from its span no charm deflowers,
O friend of mine, so dear to me)
On Truro moors beside the sea.
"On Truro Moor" by Oscar Fay Adams

In news:

The male-deflowering, coming-ofage cinema cycle has been a reliable box-office staple, and the genre seems to always get played for laughs, especially when the world's dorkiest guy is the movie's focus.
A poignant film populated with calmly masterful performances, The Sessions tells the true story of a paralyzed poet/author (John Hawkes) who enlists the deflowering power of a sex surrogate.
I have no idea what kind of music people are deflowering each other to these days, but it's probably not Edith Piaf.
Natsu will deflower the Brazilian virgin aboard a plane flying in between the US and Australia.
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