rav·​ish·​ing | \ ˈra-vi-shiŋ How to pronounce ravishing (audio) \

Definition of ravishing

: unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking

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ravishingly \ ˈra-​vi-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce ravishingly (audio) \ adverb

ravishing or ravenous?

Ravenous and ravishing are not synonyms, and mixing these two words may lead to potentially awkward writing or conversation. Ravenous is commonly used with the meaning “very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction, or gratification,” and ravishing means “unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking.” If you find yourself hungry and standing in front of a spectacular-looking meal you would say (of the food) “that looks ravishing,” and (of yourself) “I am ravenous.” You may, of course, describe yourself as ravishing, but should be aware that you are commenting on your appearance rather than your hunger.

Examples of ravishing in a Sentence

She is a ravishing beauty. a ravishing view of the ocean
Recent Examples on the Web The 24-year-old actress looked ravishing in a custom Louis Vuitton gown, with a daring thigh-high slit to that corset top. James Love, Essence, "Pose Star Indya Moore Serves Skin At 2019 Emmys.," 22 Sep. 2019 That’s just one masterstroke in a film full of them: Michael Ballhaus’ ravishing cinematography; a powerfully wistful coda; Wharton’s wry, mannered prose transposed near-verbatim into an omniscient narrator’s sharp-tongued voice-over. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Here are some underappreciated Martin Scorsese movies to pair with The Irishman," 1 Nov. 2019 White morphs are snowy in winter and brown-grey in summer, while blue morphs stay a ravishing indigo, brown and charcoal mix year-round. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.," 28 Mar. 2018 There are oil paintings, wood engravings, drawings, maps, costumes and photographs, but the show is especially rich in Homer’s ravishing watercolors. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Winslow Homer was sentimental. That’s a good thing.," 10 Sep. 2019 From the Mottahedeh tobacco-leaf chargers to the vintage bohemian glassware to the guavas and kumquats interspersed among the flowers, everything was wild and unexpected and ravishing. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "“The Age of Innocence on Acid” Was the Design Directive For This Wedding at the National Arts Club," 12 July 2019 Her ravishing vision is told from the point of view of kids left behind in a deserted town where Los Huascas, a cruel gang, governs. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "How Mexican filmmaker Issa López defied expectations with ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’," 23 Aug. 2019 At noon, pianist Haochen Zhang, gold medalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, gave a ravishing recital as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Rihanna’s ability to turn out a ravishing look for any occasion. Cady Lang, Time, "Rihanna Blessed Us With an Extravagant Bubblegum Pink Crop Over Costume and We'd Expect Nothing Less," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ravishing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ravishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ravishing. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ravishing

: very beautiful


rav·​ish·​ing | \ ˈra-vi-shiŋ How to pronounce ravishing (audio) \

Kids Definition of ravishing

: very beautiful

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