defloration :

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  • n  an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
  • n  the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)

  • The jargon too is erotic: "score," "down," "piling on" (gang rape), "popping" an opponent (overtones of defloration) and "sacking" the quarterback (plunder and rape).
  • There is also a nasty ritual defloration sequence involving the girl he was supposed to marry before Mia came along.
  • Readers who hope to find Oates' usual steamy sex scenes will have to get through some 380 pages of prissiness before reaching one, unless the defloration of the dressmaker's .

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