rav·​ish | \ ˈra-vish How to pronounce ravish (audio) \
ravished; ravishing; ravishes

Definition of ravish

transitive verb

1a : to seize and take away by violence
b : to overcome with emotion (such as joy or delight) ravished by the scenic beauty

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ravisher noun
ravishment \ ˈra-​vish-​mənt How to pronounce ravishment (audio) \ noun

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tales of Caribbean pirates who abducted fair maidens and ravished them without mercy travelers have long been ravished with wonder and awe by the immensity of the Great Pyramid at Giza
Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the disease has ravished police and firefighting departments nationwide, and scores of EMTs are also grappling with high numbers of diagnoses among the ranks. Fox News, "Coronavirus takes drastic toll on health care providers across the United States," 26 Mar. 2020 Disney reported fiscal second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, suffering a significant drop to its bottom line as the novel coronavirus pandemic ravished many of its businesses. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Disney earnings: Coronavirus pandemic batters business, as expected," 5 May 2020 For five months, Australia has been swathed in apocalyptic scenes of seemingly eternal fires ravishing its heartland, its animals, home, and lives. Fox News, "Climate change or poor policy? As Australia’s wildfires see some relief, the blame game ascends," 17 Jan. 2020 My thought is if this ravishes Africa, what’s the likelihood that Kenya is going to keep that food for themselves? Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Coronavirus traps Alabama woman, son in Africa; dad pleas for help," 24 Mar. 2020 Caroline had seen fit to have her pony make the homeward trip with its hindquarters thrust into Delphine’s ravished clothes. Zora Neale Hurston, Harper's magazine, "The Country in the Woman," 6 Jan. 2020 Throwback romantics can be ravished by the unparalleled vocal stylings of Lalah Hathaway (Nov. 15, Sony Hall), and millennial audiences will find a patron saint in the unfeigned lyricism of Summer Walker (Dec. 7-8, Terminal 5). Briana Younger, The New Yorker, "Winter Night-Life Preview," 1 Nov. 2019 There was surely formal kinship — ravishing color, gestural verve — and personal admiration. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.," 1 Aug. 2019 The choral music flips back and forth from the bamboo grove to the center of the atrium and to speakers installed on the baobab tree, creating sonic experiences of intimacy, grandeur and ravishing beauty. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Emeka Ogboh installation fills CMA atrium with sound of Nigeria and timely message of diversity," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ravish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Ravish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravish. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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rav·​ish | \ ˈra-vish How to pronounce ravish (audio) \
ravished; ravishing

Kids Definition of ravish

1 : to seize and take away by force
2 : to fill with joy or delight
rav·​ish | \ ˈra-vish How to pronounce ravish (audio) \

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ravishment noun

History and Etymology for 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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