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defloration

noun

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

Etymology summary

"culling of the finest passages from books", from Old French desfloracion (14th...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Virginity

the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse. There are cultural and religious traditions which place special value and significance on this state, especially in the case of unmarried females, associated with notions of personal ... (39 of 8678 words, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

defloration

the act of deflowering (4 of 296 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/defloration

Oxford Dictionary:

defloration [outdated, literary]

the taking of a woman's virginity (6 of 42 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/defloration

defloration

Syllabification: (def·lo·ra·tion) | [literary] | the taking of a woman's virginity. (9 of 41 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/defloration

Merriam-Webster:

defloration

rupture of the hymen (4 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/defloration

American Heritage Dictionary:

defloration

The act of deflowering. | Rupture of the hymen, typically in sexual intercourse. (12 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

defloration

the act of deflowering (4 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/defloration

Random House Dictionary:

defloration

the act of deflowering. (4 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/defloration

Wiktionary:

defloration | deflorations [plural]

the act of deflowering (4 of 5 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/defloration

Encarta Dictionary:

defloration [literary]

an act of having sex with a woman and so ending her virginity (13 of 39 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603363​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

defloration

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "culling of the finest passages from books", from Old French desfloracion (14th century), from Latin deflorationem "plucking of ... (21 of 52 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=defloration

Merriam-Webster:

defloration

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English defloracioun, from Middle French and Late Latin; Middle French defloracion, from Late Latin defloration-, defloratio, from deflorare

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/defloration

American Heritage Dictionary:

defloration

Origin: Middle English defloracioun, from Late Latin dēflōrātiō, dēflōrātiōn-, from dēflōrātus, past participle of dēflōrāre, to deflower; see "deflower".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/defloration

Oxford Dictionary:

defloration [outdated, literary]

Origin: late Middle English: from late Latin defloratio(n-), from the verb deflorare (see "deflower")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/defloration

defloration

Origin: late Middle English: from late Latin defloration-, from the verb deflorare (see "deflower")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/defloration

New World Dictionary:

defloration

Origin: Middle English defloracioun from Old French desfloracion from Late Latin defloratio

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/defloration

Collins Dictionary:

defloration

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Late Latin dēflorātiō; see de-, flower

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/defloration

Encarta Dictionary:

defloration [literary]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Directly or via French from late Latin defloration- from deflorare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603363​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

defloration

Audio: British English pronunciation of "defloration"

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the Free Dictionary:

defloration

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "defloration"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "defloration"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "defloration" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

defloration

Audio: English pronunciation of "defloration"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

defloration

Audio: North American pronunciation of "defloration"

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YourDictionary Audio:

defloration

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "defloration" by speech synthesizer

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