\ 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


He was accused of date rape.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her brother, Byron, finally faces the legal consequences of participating in a drunken date rape of Annie Mills at Columbia University. Meg Medina, New York Times, "Dark Magic and Other Escapes in These Summer Y.A. Novels," 1 June 2018 The first major national date rape case came in 1990, and it was met with widespread confusion and dismissal. Constance Grady, Vox, "How the Kavanaugh allegations became a test for #MeToo," 24 Sep. 2018 One of the men pictured here was directly responsible for my date rape. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "ABC Pulls Episode of ‘The Proposal’ After Sexual Assault Accusation," 22 June 2018 Predators have slipped it into the drinks of unsuspecting date rape victims. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Minneapolis Cops Secretly Used 'Date Rape Drug' on Suspects for Years: Report," 18 June 2018 KnoNap isn’t the first or only attempt to curb date rape with supplies commonly found in the party aisle. Torey Van Oot, Glamour, "A Cocktail Napkin Could Soon Detect Drugs in Your Drink," 8 Mar. 2018 In her first collection of nonfiction, Gaitskill, ever prescient, tackles everything from date rape to politics to her own creative process. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘Somebody With a Little Hammer,’ ‘The Leavers’," 27 Apr. 2018 Nick had tried to date rape Cheryl earlier in the episode, and to save her sister Polly, Betty is forced to give the Black Hood an alternative name. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Mystery of the Riverdale Black Hood Keeps Getting More Confusing," 22 Apr. 2018 Antioch College in Ohio pioneered affirmative consent in 1991 to combat date rape on campus. Lisa Rose, CNN, "Sexual consent is a worldwide conversation," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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