Definition of


  1. (noun, act) an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
  2. (noun, act) the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)

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Origin of the word Defloration

  1. late 14c., "culling of the finest passages from books," from O.Fr. defloracion (14c.), from L. deflorationem "plucking of flowers," also "taking of (a woman's) virginity," noun of action from deflorare (see deflower). Cf. also anthology. Also used in M.E. with reference to virginity from c.1400. more

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