\ ˈdāt-ˌrāp How to pronounce date-rape (audio) \
date-raped; date-raping; date-rapes

Definition of date-rape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to commit date rape on

date rape


Definition of date rape (Entry 2 of 2)

: rape committed by the victim's date broadly : acquaintance rape

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Other Words from date-rape


date rapist noun

Examples of date-rape in a Sentence

Noun He was accused of date rape.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As befitted an Aaron Spelling production, though, there was no shortage of money and drugs and love triangles, with subplots about alcoholic parents, adoption, and date rape thrown into the mix. Lauren Mechling, Town & Country, "Beverly Hills 90210 Turns 30 This Month, But Somehow It'll Never Age," 4 Oct. 2020 Some of the victims alleged they may have been drugged by the defendant, though Cordero’s defense attorneys denied that claim, saying no date rape drugs had been discovered in the women’s toxicology exams. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego man pleads guilty to 3 counts in serial sexual assault case," 24 Sep. 2020 Four months later, Chody did not discipline Deaton after disturbing and graphic Facebook posts were made public in which Deaton used toy figures to depict graphic scenes of date rape and other violent acts. Tony Plohetski, USA TODAY, "Casting calls: Texas sheriff hired troubled officers to play to 'Live PD' cameras," 13 Aug. 2020 There had been speculation that Thitima was given a date rape drug such as GHB. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Male model arrested in widely publicized Thai sex case," 25 Sep. 2019 The situation is instantly blurry, maybe changing it to date rape. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: #MeToo replacing due process in the press," 22 Sep. 2019 The dinner event also focused on menopause, and Eckert’s new products in development, including a decal that detects date rape drugs in drinks and a flushable pregnancy test. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 8/12-8/16," 16 Aug. 2019 One of Cordero’s lawyers, Dod Ghassemkhani, argued that despite claims by the witnesses of being drugged, no date rape drugs had been discovered in the womens’ toxicology exams. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man accused in San Diego date rape series ordered to stand trial," 16 Aug. 2019 Karla Walker, clinical laboratory director for a company that analyzed the woman's urine, testified there were no date rape drugs found in the urine. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Woman testifies she remembers little from night of alleged assault by ex-Badger Quintez Cephus," 31 July 2019

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1984, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Date-rape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of date rape

: the crime of forcing someone you know to have sex with you especially while on a date

date rape

\ ˈdāt- How to pronounce date rape (audio) \

Medical Definition of date rape

: rape committed by the victim's date broadly : acquaintance rape

date rape


Legal Definition of date rape

: rape committed by the victim's date broadly : acquaintance rape

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