verb[with object] dated, literary
Deprive (a woman) of her virginity.‘So, she devises an incredibly complex scheme that requires Phillippe to deflower many virgins.’
rape, sexual assault, indecent assault, sexual abuse, abuse, molestation, molesting, interference, interfering, seduction, seducing
- ‘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.’
- ‘Gerard Butler is never a threat in any way, except maybe as a candidate to deflower Christine.’
Late Middle English from Old French desflourer, from a variant of late Latin deflorare, from de- (expressing removal) + Latin flos, flor- ‘a flower’.