ravishing

adjective rav·ish·ing \ ˈra-vi-shiŋ \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of ravishing

: unusually attractive, pleasing, or striking

ravishingly

play \ˈra-vi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of ravishing in a Sentence

  1. She is a ravishing beauty.

  2. a ravishing view of the ocean

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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.

First Known Use of ravishing

14th century

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RAVISHING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of ravishing for English Language Learners

  • : very beautiful


RAVISHING Defined for Kids

ravishing

adjective rav·ish·ing \ ˈra-vi-shiŋ \

Definition of ravishing for Students

: very beautiful


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