\ 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

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 The Travis County District Attorney announced Thursday his office will not charge anyone with a crime after a state investigation into allegations a lobbyist gave a date rape drug to a legislative staffer. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 The moves come after a legislative staffer reported that a lobbyist used a date rape drug on her earlier this month during an off-site meeting. Cayla Harris, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Apr. 2021 Her urine had no trace of date rape drugs, the document says. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021 A week after Christie disappeared, Garcia searched online for information about how authorities test for date rape drugs. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 13 Aug. 2020 There had been speculation that Thitima was given a date rape drug such as GHB. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2019

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1984, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined above

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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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