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Deflower   Listen
deflower  v. t.  (past & past part. deflowered; pres. part. deflowering)  (Previously also spelled deflour)  
To deprive of flowers. "An earthquake... deflowering the gardens."
To take away the prime beauty and grace of; to rob of the choicest ornament.
To deprive of virginity, as a woman; to violate; to ravish; also, to seduce. "If a man had deflowered a virgin."

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"Deflower" Quotes from Famous Books

... To lodge behind a golden cloud? Though fringed with evening gold the cloud appears so gay, 'Tis but a low-born vapour kindled by a ray: At length 'tis overblown and past, Puff'd by the people's spiteful blast, The dazzling glory dims their prostituted sight, No deflower'd eye can face the naked light: Yet does this high perfection well proceed From strength of its own native seed, This wilderness, the world, like that poetic wood of old, Bears one, and but one branch of gold, Where ...
— The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume I (of 2) • Jonathan Swift

... neither sin nor virtue in extremes, who live somewhere about the level of a passable rectitude, and neither sink nor soar far from it—easy for them to dismiss this bitter truth for a mere sentimentalism; but there is a virginity of the soul which evil custom cannot deflower. Woe to him who knows it, the chaste in wish and the unchaste in act, the rogue who values honour, the poltroon who would fain be brave! Ah, the goat-hoofed Satyr dancing there, drunk and leering, goatish in odour, unwashed and ...
— Despair's Last Journey • David Christie Murray

... Turtles fethered breast, Vpon her head he set imperiall crowne, And to her goes: Now is his soule at rest. This night he counts the end of his renowne, The sence of feeling, she feeles by his power, And like a subiect yeelds to his request, Whilest Mahomet a virgin doth deflower. ...
— Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624) • Dunstan Gale

Words linked to "Deflower" :   defile, pair, deface, vitiate, defloration, disfigure, ruin, spoil, copulate, mate, impair, cloud, couple, corrupt, blemish

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