Definition of defloration in English:



mass noundated, literary
  • The taking of a woman's virginity.

    • ‘For someone whose film oeuvre begins with a defloration set to punk rock, Larry Clark has an amazingly subtle way with music.’
    • ‘Honeymoon cards showed women partially unwrapped from elaborate wedding veils and dresses in poses that underscored sexual defloration as imminent.’
    • ‘Cascades of flowers suggested a bride ripe for defloration, a trousseau of fine undergarments accompanied her on her honeymoon and she returned a sexual being.’
    • ‘This is consistent with widespread pre-marital rites, in which strangers are required to perform the defloration, and the completion of these rites enhances the status of the girls: there are numerous parallels in the ancient world.’
    • ‘The scene is strikingly played in shadows against a screen, through which suddenly the dancers erupt, only for the last act of the drama of defloration to take place under an enormous sheet of blood red silk.’
    rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual abuse, abuse, molestation, molesting, interference, interfering, seduction, seducing
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Late Middle English: from late Latin defloratio(n-), from the verb deflorare (see deflower).