Ravish meaning

răvĭsh
To transport with joy or delight; enrapture.
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To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture.

Moviegoers who were ravished with delight.

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To force (another) to have sexual intercourse; rape.
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To seize and carry away forcibly.
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(archaic) To seize and carry away by force.
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To rape (a woman)
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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.
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(usually passive) To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy.
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(now rare) To rape.
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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.

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Origin of ravish

  • Middle English ravishen from Old French ravir raviss- from Vulgar Latin rapīre from Latin rapere to seize rep- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman, from Old French raviss-, present participle stem of ravir (“to seize, take away hastily"), from Late Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere.

    From Wiktionary