- To ravish is to take someone by force, to force someone to engage in sexual intercourse or to experience extreme happiness.
- When you kidnap a child by force, this is an example of ravish.
- When a girl is raped, this is an example of ravish.
- When a wonderful play fills someone with intense delight, this is an example of ravish.
- to seize and carry away forcibly
- to rape (a woman)
- to transport with joy or delight; enrapture
Origin of ravishMiddle English ravishen ; from inflectional stem of Old French ravir, to carry away ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form rapire, for Classical Latin rapere, to seize: see rape
transitive verbrav·ished, rav·ish·ing, rav·ish·es
- To force (another) to have sexual intercourse; rape.
- To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture: moviegoers who were ravished with delight.
- Archaic To seize and carry away by force.
Origin of ravishMiddle English ravishen, from Old French ravir, raviss-, from Vulgar Latin *rapīre, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ravishes, present participle ravishing, simple past and past participle ravished)
ravish - Legal Definition
To take by force or seize is the literal meaning of the word. It is generally synonymous with rape. Traditionally, an indictment for rape demanded inclusion of the word ravished, which implied use of force and or violence by the man and resistance by the female.