Definition of defloration in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Honeymoon cards showed women partially unwrapped from elaborate wedding veils and dresses in poses that underscored sexual defloration as imminent.’
    • ‘For someone whose film oeuvre begins with a defloration set to punk rock, Larry Clark has an amazingly subtle way with music.’
    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).