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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˈflaʊ(w)əɹɪŋ(ɡ)/



  1. present participle of deflower


deflowering (plural deflowerings)

  1. The breaking of the hymen of a virgin.
    • 1794, Emanuel Swedenborg, “Of the Lust of Defloration”, in The Delights of Wisdom Concerning Conjugial Love: [] Translated from the Latin [], London: Printed and sold by R. Hindmarsh, [], OCLC 13619804, paragraph 503, page 463:
      Some adulterers are impelled by the cupidity of deflowering virgins, and thence also of deflowering young girls in their harmleſs age: []
    • 2005 Muhammad Khalid Masud et al - Dispensing Justice in Islam: Qadis and Their Judgements
      If a midwife testifies that the wound is old, then deflowering may have occurred prior to the husband's initial penetration of his wife.