- 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.
ravish definition by Webster's New World
- to seize and carry away forcibly
- to rape (a woman)
- to transport with joy or delight; enrapture
Origin: Middle 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
ravish definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb rav·ished, rav·ish·ing, rav·ish·es
- To seize and carry away by force.
- To force (another) to have sexual intercourse; rape.
- To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture. See Synonyms at enrapture.
Origin: Middle English ravisshen, from Old French ravir, raviss-, from Vulgar Latin *rapīre, from Latin rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.
- ravˈish·er noun
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