One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1dated, literary Deprive (a woman) of her virginity.
rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual abuse, abuse, molestation, molesting, interference, interfering, seduction, seducingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Gerard Butler is never a threat in any way, except maybe as a candidate to deflower Christine.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This was a bride snatching, so that one man could marry and deflower a girl on her wedding day mainly to anger a rival.’
2usually as adjective defloweredStrip (a plant or garden) of flowers.‘deflowered rose bushes’
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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