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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Deflore, Defloir, v. [ME. deflore (1387), OF. deflorer, L. dēflōrāre. Cf. Deflour(e v.]

1. tr. To disfigure. c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxii. 53.
With blude and sweit was all deflorde His face

2. To deflower, violate (a woman).(a) 1531 Bell. Boece I. 121 (his two dochteris deflorit). Id. Livy I. 17/17 (deflorit of hir virginitie). c1552 Lynd. Mon. 1905 (uirginis and matronis ar deflorit). 1572 Sat. P. xxxviii. 260 (to se Frenchemen deflorand our wyfis). 1622-6 Bisset II. 167/19 (quhais dochter he had deflored).(b) c1550 Rolland C. Venus iii. 905 (not … diminute nor defloir … virginitie). c1615 Chron. Kings 32 (heaffing defloiritt ane dochter … ). c1650 Spalding II. 407 (sum wemen … to defloir).

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