Ravish definitions

răv'ĭsh
To force (another) to have sexual intercourse; rape.
verb
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To overwhelm with emotion; enrapture.

Moviegoers who were ravished with delight.

verb
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To seize and carry away forcibly.
verb
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To seize and carry away by force.
verb
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To rape (a woman)
verb
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1
To transport with joy or delight; enrapture.
verb
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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.

verb
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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.
verb
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(usually passive) To transport with joy or delight; to delight to ecstasy.
verb
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(now rare) To rape.
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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