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In Poland, the noblemen arrogated the right to deflower any maid they pleased, and a hundred lashes were given him who complained.

For she deliberately sent down to the beach her daughter, who was of marriageable age, and prompted her father to deflower her.

Individual inspiration was a sacred thing, which reality with its rules and prejudices could only spoil and deflower.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "deprive (a maiden) of her virginity," also "excerpt the best parts of (a book)," from Old French desflorer (13c., Modern French déflorer) "to deflower (a garden); to take the virginity of," from Late Latin deflorare, from de- (see de-) + flos "flower" (see flora). Notion is "to strip of flowers," hence "to ravish," which is the oldest sense in English.

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