rap·​ist ˈrā-pist How to pronounce rapist (audio)
plural rapists
: a person who rapes someone : a person who commits rape
a convicted rapist

Examples of rapist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of those sisters later identified Blankenship as her rapist in a photo lineup in 2020. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 28 Feb. 2024 Still, even if Trump were to be elected, Mexico has proved to be flexible with a politician who launched his previous presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Strauss said that lawyers are the easiest to cast, then victims, then murderers, then rapists. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 An Austrian court on Thursday ordered the conditional transfer of 88-year-old incestuous rapist Josef Fritzl to a regular prison from a prison psychiatric unit, his lawyer told reporters after the hearing. Reuters, NBC News, 25 Jan. 2024 The pair were vindicated when Huskins' rapist was caught three months after Huskins' return For Denise Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn, March 2015 was a nightmare. Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 This is in addition to surviving an attack by a serial rapist (who, it should be noted, also kidnapped her son) and then facing a mudslide caused by a dam break on her very first day back on the job. Patrick Gomez, EW.com, 6 Mar. 2024 Secondly, people assume wrongly that a rapist had to be a marginal, a total loner, jobless and without any social ties. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 26 Feb. 2024 There are no bums or drug addicts or rapists or people waiting to push you onto the train tracks and kill you. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rapist was in 1867

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“Rapist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapist. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


rap·​ist ˈrā-pəst How to pronounce rapist (audio)
: an individual who commits rape
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