ravish

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verb rav·ish \ˈra-vish\

Definition of ravish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to seize and take away by violenceb :  to overcome with emotion (such as joy or delight) ravished by the scenic beautyc :  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

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Origin and Etymology 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


RAVISH Defined for Kids

ravish

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verb rav·ish \ˈra-vish\

Definition of ravish for Students

ravished

;

ravishing

  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 and Etymology 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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