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ravish

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verb rav·ish \ˈra-vish\

Definition of ravish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to seize and take away by violence b :  to overcome with emotion (as joy or delight) <ravished by the scenic beauty> c :  rape 2

  3. 2 :  plunder, rob

ravisher noun
ravishment play \-mənt\ noun


Examples of ravish in a sentence

  1. <tales of Caribbean pirates who abducted fair maidens and ravished them without mercy>

  2. <travelers have long been ravished with wonder and awe by the immensity of the Great Pyramid at Giza>



Origin of ravish

Middle English ravisshen, from Anglo-French raviss-, stem of ravir, from Vulgar Latin *rapire, alteration of Latin rapere to seize, rob — more at rapid


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with ravish


RAVISH Defined for Kids

ravish

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verb rav·ish \ˈra-vish\

Definition of ravish for Students

ravishedravishing

  1. 1 :  to seize and take away by force

  2. 2 :  to fill with joy or delight




Law Dictionary

ravish

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transitive verb rav·ish \ˈra-vish\

Legal Definition of ravish

  1. :  rape

ravishment noun


Origin of ravish

Middle English, to seize and take away by violence, from Middle French raviss-, stem of ravir, ultimately from Latin rapere to seize, rob



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